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Nature Conservation: British Antarctic Territory

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect marine wildlife and promote biodiversity in the British Antarctic Territory. (247700)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of environmental protection in Antarctica. The UK Antarctic Act 1994 fully implements the 1991 Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty which sets out a framework for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment. The UK is also fully committed to the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the key objective of which is the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. In addition to the science and environmental monitoring activities carried out by the British Antarctic survey, the UK also supports a range of specific environmental projects in the British Antarctic Territory to enhance conservation and raise awareness of the Antarctic environment.