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VIII Compliance

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Compliance is an uncommon word, when dealing with protected areas of international significance. However, most of the key regimes in this area have developed, without using the word 'compliance', effective compliance mechanisms to ensure that all internationally listed sites are not overtly threatened, to the point that they are in danger. The first step in this process has been the creation of effective monitoring regimes. The Antarctic, Bern and Ramsar have all developed elaborate, guided, and at times assisted, monitoring, reporting and independent visits to sites in question. Once it established that a site is in danger, the question becomes what can be done about it, and most importantly, whether the consent of a State needs to be involved in such deliberations. Moreover, all attempts to 'rescue' the threatened site will be made, and clear markers of what must be achieved to reach success will be set down.

Keywords: Antarctic environment; Bern Convention; discovering sites; protected areas of internationalsignificance; Ramsar sites



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