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Environmental Impact Assessment in Antarctica

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This chapter focuses on the instrument of environmental impact assessment (EIA) that has been developed within the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) as one of the tools to promote environmental protection. The states involved in the ATS already recognized the importance of this instrument in 1975. The chapter provides a brief introduction to the ATS and a general overview of the history of Antarctic EIA. It describes the main characteristics of the Antarctic EIA system, particularly based on an analysis of the Protocol's provisions and related instruments (e.g. guidelines). It, then discusses general trends and developments in the practice of EIA for Antarctic activities. The chapter also discusses a case study of EIA practice as it applies to the proposal by Russia for scientific drilling into subglacial Lake Vostok. Finally, the chapter presents the main conclusions, including the stronger and weaker characteristics of the Antarctic EIA system.

Keywords:Antarctic Treaty System (ATS); environmental impact assessment (EIA); environmental protection



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