Subsidiary Group of the Committee for Environmental Protection on Climate Change Response (SGCCR)
This Subsidiary Group, established in 2017 and chaired by Birgit Njåstad (Norway), is aimed to facilitate the efficient and timely implementation of the Climate Change Response Work Program (CCRWP). The Committee also tasked the SGCCR to develop operating mechanisms in the 2017/18 intersessional period to support good participation and efficient handling of work.
Subsidiary Group on Management Plans (SGMP)
The Subsidiary Group on Management Plans (SGMP), chaired since 2016 by Patricia Ortuzar (Argentina), was established by CEP XI (2008) to review new and revised management plans for Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) and Antarctic Specially Managed Areas (ASMAs) and to advise the CEP on the improvement of management plans. During this intersessional period, the SGMP will continue reviewing management plans for ASPA 125 (Fildes Peninsula, King George Island), ASPA 144 (Chile Bay, Discovery Bay), ASPA 145 (Port Foster, Deception Island), ASPA 146 (South Bay, King George Island) and ASPA 150 (Ardley Island, King George Island).
ICG on developing guidance material for conservation approaches for the management of Antarctic heritage objects
The Committee decided to establish an ICG to work during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 intersessional periods aimed: to develop a work plan for the creation of guidance material for the consideration of the most appropriate conservation approaches to the management of historic heritage elements; and to identify questions that could constitute the core elements of the guidance material to be developed for the assessment of potential conservation approaches that could be used for the management of historic heritage elements as an alternative to the listing of the object as an HSM. The ICG is coordinated by Norway and the United Kingdom.
ICG to develop guidelines for the environmental aspects of the use of UAVs/RPAS in Antarctica
The objectives of this ICG are: to review and update the available information regarding the environmental aspects of UAV/RPAS including experiences on the use by national programs and IAATO; to collect information from Competent Authorities regarding the environmental aspects of their authorization/permitting procedures for UAV/RPAS operations; and to develop, on the basis of a precautionary approach, guidance for the environmental aspects of UAV/RPAS use in Antarctica, taking into account different purposes (e.g. scientific, logistic, commercial and leisure) and the type of UAV/RPAS, including site- and species-specific conditions. The Group is coordinated by Heike Herata (Germany).
ICG to review the Antarctic Clean-Up Manual
The CEP agreed on the importance of keeping the Clean-Up Manual up to date to reflect the current state of knowledge, and agreed to establish an ICG to review the Manual, led by Phil Tracy (Australia). The ICG is aimed to collate information on developments and advances in matters relevant to the clean-up of Antarctic past waste disposal sites, past work sites, and contaminated sites; and to review the Antarctic Clean-Up Manual appended to Resolution 2 (2013), as updated in 2014, and suggest any modifications and additional guidance.
NOTE: Discussions on these matters are undertaken via the CEP Discussion Forum, which is accessible only to CEP members.