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Can the Important Bird Area approach improve the Antarctic Protected Area System?


Harris, JW and Woehler, E, Can the Important Bird Area approach improve the Antarctic Protected Area System?, Polar Record, 40, (213) pp. 97-105. ISSN 0032-2474 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0032247403003322


The selection of sites that comprise the existing network of Antarctic protected areas has been largely and hoc, driven by national interests rather than concerted efforts to ensure systematic and representative coverage of the Antarctic environment. Consequently there are gaps in coverage of all major ecosystems, in particular areas kept inviolate from human activity, inland lakes, and marine protected areas. Annex V of the 1991 Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty provides a list of values to be protected within a network of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs), but provides no quantitative methods for site identification and prioritisation. The Antarctic Important Bird Area (IBA) Inventory is a joint initiative of BirdLife International and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Group of Experts on Birds (formerly the Bird Biology Subcommittee). The Antarctic IBA Inventory has identified 119 candidate IBAs, 97 of which are not currently protected as ASPAs. The IBA Inventory can improve the Antarctic Protected Area System (PAS) in that it provides a method by which to identify and prioritise sites for their potential inclusion in the Antarctic PAS.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Harris, JW (Ms Jane Harris)
UTAS Author:Woehler, E (Dr Eric Woehler)
ID Code:32298
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-07-06

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