Environment

Environment

Antarctica New Zealand aims to develop and maintain high-quality environmental standards and procedures that

  • minimise New Zealand's environmental footprint in Antarctica and safeguard the Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments;
  • are understood, respected and implemented by Antarctica New Zealand staff, stakeholders and visitors;
  • support New Zealand's national and international obligations in Antarctica.

 The Environmental Code of Conduct has information on how to maximise your Antarctic experience with minimal environmental impact. 

More information on New Zealand's Antarctic environmental policy including relevant legislation can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Environmental Protocol

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, signed in Madrid in 1991 designates Antarctica as a "natural reserve devoted to peace and science".

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NZ Legislation

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty came into full force internationally on 14 January 1998, having been ratified by all Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties.

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Monitoring & reporting

Environmental monitoring and reporting is a fundamental part of the environmental management framework

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Waste management

Annex III to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty sets out requirements for waste management in Antarctica.

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Special Areas

Area Protection and Management.

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EIA

Annex I of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty requires that before any kind of activities are conducted in Antarctica.

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