Antarctic Futures: Human Engagement with the Antarctic by Tina Tin, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T Maher, Machiel Lamers

By Tina Tin, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T Maher, Machiel Lamers

At the start of the twenty first century, Antarctica is poised on the fringe of a hotter and busier international. best Antarctic researchers learn the wishes and demanding situations of Antarctic environmental administration at the present time and the following day. via: (i) investigating the affects of human actions on particular ecosystems and species, (ii) analyzing current environmental administration and tracking practices in position in quite a few areas and (iii) interrogating stakeholders, they tackle the next questions: What destiny will Business-As-Usual deliver to the Antarctic setting? Will a Business-As-Usual destiny be suitable with the ambitions set out less than the Antarctic Treaty, specially its Protocol on Environmental safety? What activities are essential to lead to replacement futures for the following 50 years? This quantity is an final result of the foreign Polar 12 months (2007-2009) Oslo technological know-how convention (8-12, June, 2010).

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We present predictions for 2060 and list suggested proactive management and conservation strategies to address the predicted threats to Antarctic wildlife and their environment. Keywords Antarctica • Conservation • Cumulative impacts • Threats • Wildlife E. J. au D. com J. au T. Tin et al. 1007/978-94-007-6582-5_2, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014 27 28 E. J. Woehler et al. 1 Introduction With no native human population in the Antarctic or on the peri-Antarctic islands, resident wildlife have evolved in the absence of human hunters, the pressures arising from habitat modification and the predation from domesticated vertebrates that are all common throughout the rest of the world.

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