Decision 1 (2009)

The decision to hold a meeting on the implications of climate change was taken at ATCM XXXII (Baltimore, 6-17 April 2009) through ATCM XXXII Decision 1 (2009).


The Representatives,

Decide to:

  1. convene a Meeting of Experts under the provisions of Recommendation IV-24, with the aim of discussing relevant matters related to implications of climate change for management and governance of the Antarctic region;
  2. request the Meeting of Experts to examine the following topics relevant to the issue of climate change in Antarctica:
    • key scientific aspects of climate change and consequences of such change to the Antarctic terrestrial and marine environment,
    • implications of climate change to management of Antarctic activities,
    • the need for monitoring, scenario planning and risk assessments,
    • outcomes of the Copenhagen negotiations relevant for the Antarctic,
    • the need for further consideration of any of the above issues and manners in which this can be achieved;
  3. encourage attendance at the Meeting by representatives from Consultative Parties and invite experts from Non-Consultative Parties, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the International Association of Antarctica Tourist Operators (IAATO), the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Hydrographical Organization (IHO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
  4. accept the offer of the Norwegian Government to host the Meeting of Experts in Norway, which should be held in advance of ATCM XXXIII (potentially Week 14, around 6-9 April 2010);
  5. in accordance with Recommendation IV-24, request Norway to submit a report of the Meeting of Experts to ATCM XXXIII for consideration.