Argentina and Chile Present Proposal for New Marine Protected Area
During the 36th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Argentina and Chile presented the recent work they have completed on a proposal for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (AMP) in the western zone of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Arc of Scotia.
The proposal was presented for the first time in detail before the Scientific Committee of the Commission that is composed of 25 Member States and is the fruit of several years of joint work of scientists of the Argentine Antarctic Institute, the National Antarctic Directorate of the Argentine Foreign Ministry and their Chilean counterparts. The proposal aims to create a space for greater protection of the ecosystem in an area with a substantial amount of human activity.
Both the Scientific Committee and the Commission celebrated the quality of the work carried out by the proponents, as well as the openness and transparency with which the whole process has been handled. This proposal comes on the heels of a momentous event in 2016 when CCAMLR approved the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Antarctic region of the Ross Sea.