Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs) are the annual meetings of the Parties to the Antarctic Treaty. ATCMs are an opportunity for Parties to make decisions about Antarctic issues such as tourism and environmental protection as well as to share and discuss information about their activities in Antarctica. ASOC attends ATCMs as an observer, representing the conservation community and submitting information papers on topics relevant to the Antarctic Treaty and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, an additional agreement that ensures that the Antarctic environment receives a high level of protection.
ATCMs represent an important opportunity for ASOC to encourage the Parties to the Treaty to take the steps necessary to ensure that human activities in Antarctica have little environmental impact. Major topics covered by ASOC include climate change, tourism, bioprospecting, legal liability for environmental damage, marine protected areas, and cooperation with groups such as the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Links to recent papers prepared by ASOC for ATCMs are below.
For more information on ATCMs, visit the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat website.