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					XXVII ATCM Information Paper IP 019 Agenda Item: CEP4a New Zealand Original: English

ANNUAL REPORT OF NEW ZEALAND PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 17 OF THE PROTOCOL ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO THE ANTARCTIC TREATY

Annual Report of New Zealand Pursuant to Article 17 of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty

Information Paper New Zealand

1.

Notification of measures taken pursuant to Article 13(1) and 13(2) of the Environmental Protocol

No new legislation has been enacted in New Zealand to implement the Protocol since the Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994 was enacted on 1 November 1994. Since that time New Zealand has worked to fully implement the Protocol, including into the activities of the national Antarctic programme managed by the New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand). A list of approvals and permits issued under the Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994 during the 2003/04 season is attached as Annex 1.

2.

Contingency Plans established in accordance with Article 15 of the Protocol

Antarctica New Zealand has in place the following contingency plans to cover its activities in Antarctica:    Environmental Management System Oil Spill Contingency Plan Disaster Recovery Plan

Information regarding these plans can be obtained from: Environmental Manager Antarctica New Zealand Private Bag 4745 Christchurch NEW ZEALAND

3.

Report Pursuant to Annex I, Article 6(1) of the Protocol

3.1 Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures The Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994 implements the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. Under the Act, all activities must undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as set out in Part III of the Act (ss17-24). Under section 24 of the Act, it is an offence to carry out an activity without completing this process. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) administers this Act and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade makes the final determination as to whether or not an activity should proceed. EIAs are submitted to the Antarctic Policy Unit of MFAT, which then refers the EIAs for all activities to the Environmental Assessment and Review Panel (EARP). The EARP is an informal body which provides expert advice to MFAT on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed activities. Antarctica New Zealand coordinates the provision of EIAs for any activities it supports. The preparation of other EIAs is the responsibility of the proponent, although MFAT can provide a model IEE on request, as well as advice and guidance on the type and content of the EIA that is needed. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade gives final approval on the EIA on the basis of MFAT recommendations which take into account the advice of the EARP. The Minister also has discretion under the Act to set conditions and make directions regarding the proposed activities in order to protect the environment. Conditions and directions are often imposed to manage issues such as compliance and environmental monitoring and post-activity reporting. Non-compliance with a direction given by the Minister is an offence carrying liability to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding $100,000 (ss 10(2) and (3)). Further information on New Zealand’s EIA procedures can be obtained from: Antarctic Policy Unit Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Private Bag 18-901 Wellington NEW ZEALAND Telephone (64) (4) 494-8500 Facsimile (64) (4) 494-8507

List of Initial Environmental Evaluations A list of Initial Environmental Evaluations for the 2003/2004 season prepared in accordance with Annex I, Article 2 of the Protocol is included in Annex 1. 3.2 Significant information obtained, and any action taken in consequence thereof, from procedures put in place in accordance with Annex I Articles 2(2) and 5 of the Protocol During the 2003/2004 season, no significant information has been obtained from monitoring procedures put in place in accordance with the provisions of Annex I. 3.3 Comprehensive Environmental Evaluations (Annex 1, Article 3(6)) No Comprehensive Environmental Evaluations were prepared for the 2003/2004 season.

4.

Report pursuant to Annex II, Article 6 of the Protocol

4.1 Number and nature of permits issued under Annex II of the Protocol during the 2003/2004 season Permits issued under Annex II for the 2003/2004 season are noted in the table in Annex 1. 4.2 Records and statistics concerning flora and fauna taken in the 2003/2004 season This information can be obtained from: Environmental Manager Antarctica New Zealand Private Bag 4745 Christchurch NEW ZEALAND

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Report pursuant to Annex III, Article 9 of the Protocol

Antarctica New Zealand’s overall policy statement on waste management is: “Antarctica New Zealand will minimise, reuse and recycle waste generated by its activities as far as practicable and will ensure that waste is disposed of with minimal environmental impacts. Waste management planning will examine the use, where appropriate, of alternative technologies, materials and disposal options, and identify areas of past activity which require future clean up and/or remediation.” Antarctica New Zealand has a more detailed waste management policy which sets out the requirements for waste handling, storage and disposal. Antarctica New Zealand also has a waste management handbook that provides national programme personnel with practical procedures for the day-to-day implementation of the waste management policy. The handbook is reviewed every year at the close of the summer season and aids planning of Antarctica New Zealand waste management activities. The waste management policy and handbook, reports on their implementation and inventories of past activities can be obtained from: Environmental Manager Antarctica New Zealand Private Bag 4745 Christchurch NEW ZEALAND

6.

Report pursuant to Annex IV of the Protocol

6.1 Notice of activities undertaken in case of emergency (Article 7(2)) There have been no cases of emergency relating to the safety of a ship and those on board or saving life at sea involving New Zealand flagged vessels in the 2003/2004 season. 6.2 Implementation of Sovereign Immunity (Art 11(2)) New Zealand state owned and operated vessels are subject to the Marine Protection Rules applicable to Antarctica issued under the Maritime Transport Act 1994. These rules implement both MARPOL 73/78 and Annex IV of the Protocol.

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Report pursuant to Annex V, Article 10 of the Protocol

7.1 Number and nature of permits issued under Annex V of the Protocol during the 2003/2004 Season Permits issued under Annex V for the 2003/2004 season are noted in the table in Annex 1. 7.2 Significant Change or Damage to any ASMA, ASPA or Historic Site or Monument No significant change or damage has occurred to any ASMA, ASPA, Historic Site or Monument. 7.3 Measures taken to implement the provisions of Annex V Five-year reviews of the management plans for Cape Evans ASPA 155 and Canada Glacier ASPA 131 continue. The management plans for Cape Royds ASPA 157, Hut Point ASPA 158, and Cape Adare ASPA 159 are scheduled for review.

Annex 1 The following Initial Environmental Evaluations were prepared for the 2003/2004 season.
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Heritage Expeditions: 2003/04 Antarctic Cruise Programme to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica using the Akademik Shokalskiy (two voyages). Latitudinal Gradient Project: June 2003. Latitudinal Gradient Project, Cape Hallett Camp. Quark Expeditions: 2003/04 Antarctic Cruise Programme to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica using the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov (three voyages). NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd) – hydrographic survey and biodiversity research voyage to the Western Ross Sea using the RV Tangaroa. International Whaling Commission – Southern Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research Circumpolar Cruise using the Shonan Maru and the Shonan Maru 2.

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The following New Zealand Antarctic Institute supported activities were issued with permits after completion of preliminary stage Environmental Impact Assessment and approval by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

No.

Holder

Activity
ANDRILL Molecular Identification of Planktonic Organisms from the Ross Sea

Permitted activities
Permit issued for entry to ASPA 137. Permit issued for entry to ASPA 106. Sample collection of zooplankton.

03/001 Gary Wilson W 03/018 Mary Sewell

03/021 Roberta Farrell

03/024 Allan Green

Evaluation of Deterioration in Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Historic Huts and Biodiversity 155, 157, and 158. of Terrestrial Microorganisms Biodiversity and Performance Permit issued for entry to ASPA of Lichens and Mosses. 106. Collection of specimens of lichen, mosses and collembolans and mites. Biodiversity of Terrestrial Invertebrates. Permit issued for entry to ASPA 123. Sampling of Gomphiocepalus hodgsoni, and Stereotydeuas mollis from Lake Vida and Lake Vanda. Permit issued for entry to ASPA 125. Blood samples and behavioural observations of Pygoscelis adeliae and Aptenodytes forsteri. Permit issued for entry to ASPA 106. Collection of sea ice algae, phytoplankton, and benthic algae. Permit issued for entry to ASPA 122.

03/028 Ian Hogg

03/034 John Cockrem

Stress Responses in Penguins.

03/043 Ken Ryan

Antarctic Sea Ice, Algal Productivity and Global Climate Change.

03/055 Adrian McDonald Dynamics and Ionisation in the Antarctic Middle Atmosphere. 03/066 Craig Marshall Latitudinal Drift in Ross Sea Organisms.

03/069 Brain Fraser

Permit issued for entry to ASPA 106. Fin samples from Trematomus bernachii, Trematomus hansoni, Trematomus penelli, Trematomus nicolai, Gymnodraco acuticeps, Notothenia coriiceps. Extraction from the soil of Panagrolaimus davidi. Monitoring Magnetosphere- Permit issued for entry to ASPA ionosphere Coupling And 122. Space Weather At HighLatitudes.

03/073 Gary Steel

Examining the Values of Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Visitors to the Ross Sea 155, 157, and 158. Region. 03/081 Ian Hawes Antarctic Aquatic EcosystemsPermit issued for entry to ASPA (Inland) 106. Collection of mixed microbial mat. 03/085 Stephen Woods Drivers of Global Change in Permit issued for entry to ASPA the Antarctic: Atmospheric 122. Remote Sensing. 03/087 Gordon Brailsford Drivers of Global Change in Permit issued for entry to ASPA the Antarctic Atmosphere: 122. Atmospheric Air Sampling. 03/089 Andrew Harper Climate Data Acquisition – Permit issued for entry to ASPA Scott Base and Arrival 122. Heights, Antarctica. 03/122 Peter Wilson Adelie Penguin Population Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Dynamics. 121, 125, and 105. Aerial photography of Pygoscelis adeliae. 03/123 Jackie Aislabie Environmental Protection of Permit issued for entry to ASPA Ice-Free Regions of 106. Antarctica. 03/124 Phil Novis Evolution and Dispersal of Permit issued for entry to ASPA Algae Along a Latitudinal 106. Sampling of Prasiola Spp., Gradient. Green Algae, and Cyanobacteria. 03/131 Tim Haskell Sea Ice and Southern Ocean Permit issued for entry to ASPA Processes 122. 03/141 Zainol Abdin Polar Atmospheric Water Permit issued for entry to ASPA Abdul Rashid Vapour/ Ionospheric Sensing 122. using GPS. 03/200 Bryan Storey University of Canterbury Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Graduate Certificate in 155, 157, and 158. Antarctic Studies. 03/210 Paul Baker Secondary Schools Initiative Permit issued for entry to ASPAs in Antarctica Programme. 155, 157, and 158. 03/220 Natalie Education Familiarisation Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Cadenhead Visit 155, 157, and 158. 03/230 Natalie Education Initiatives in Permit issued for entry to ASPA Cadenhead Antarctica Programme. 158. 03/231 Natalie Education Initiatives in Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Cadenhead Antarctica Programme – 155, 157, and 158. Christ’s College 03/232 Patrick Shepard Education Initiatives in Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Antarctica Programme – 155, 157, and 158. Christchurch College of Education. 03/300 Lou Sanson Distinguished Visitors Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. 03/302 Lou Sanson Familiarisation visit for key Permit issued for entry to ASPAs stakeholders from the 155, 157, and 158. Governmental sector. 03/310 Simon Collins Report on Developments and Permit issued for entry to ASPAs

03/311 Vaughan Yarwood 03/312 John Henzell 03/313 03/314 03/320 03/321 03/322 03/323 03/400 03/401 03/403 03/404 03/420 03/421 03/423 03/424 03/440 03/500

Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. Media Programme Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. Kim Hill Media Programme Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. Stephen Davis Media Programme Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. David Trubridge Artists to Antarctica Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Programme 155, 157, and 158. Laurence Artists to Antarctica Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Fearnley Programme 155, 157, and 158. Andris Apse Photographer Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 155, 157, and 158. Graham Sydney Artists to Antarctica Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Invitational Programme 155, 157, and 158. Lou Sanson Antarctica New Zealand Staff Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Visits 155, 157, and 158. Julian Tangaere Scott Base Summer Support Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Staff 122, 154, 155, 157, 158, and 121. Lou Sanson Antarctica New Zealand Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Board of Directors Visit. 122, 155, 157, and 158. Lou Sanson CEO Visitors Permit issued for entry to ASPA 155, 157, and 158. Julian Tangaere Army Engineers Permit issued for entry to ASPA 122. Julian Tangaere Operation White Safari Permit issued for entry to ASPA 122, and 106. Julian Tangaere Communications Inspections Permit issued for entry to ASPA and Maintenance 122. Julian Tangaere Worker Visitors – Permit issued for entry to ASPA Engineering 122. Nigel Watson Antarctic Heritage Trust Permit issued for entry to ASPAs Historic Sites Management 155, 157, and 158. Rebecca Roper- Environmental Management Permit issued for entry to ASPA Gee and Monitoring Projects. 106. Minor disturbance to Pygoscelis adeliae due to clean up work.

Research being done in Antarctica. Media Programme

155, 157, and 158.

The following Initial Environmental Evaluations (IEEs) were completed by the following parties, and were addressed and approved by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Permits were issued as noted. No. Activity Holder
Two tourist cruises to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica using the Akademik Shokalskiy. Latitudinal Gradient Project.

Permit Notes
Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 106, 155,157, 158 and 159. Permitted for entry to ASPA 106. Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 106,155, 157, 158 and 159. Permit issued for entry to ASPAs 104, 106 and 159 and for the inspection of a cache at ASPA 106 and the removal of a cache from ASPA 159. No permit required.

Rodney Russ, 03/01 Owner, Heritage Expeditions (NZ) Ltd Shulamit Gordon, 03/02 Latitudinal Gradient Project Manager Werner Stambach, 03/03 Environmental Officer, Quark Expeditions Inc Neville Ching, 03/04 Project Manager, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd International 03/05 Whaling Commission SOWER

Three tourist cruises to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica using the Kapitan Khlebnikov. Hydrographic survey and biodiversity research voyage to the Western Ross Sea, using the RV Tangaroa.

Southern Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research Circumpolar Cruise using the Shonan Maru and the Shonan Maru 2.


				
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