Developing management plans for Protected Areas

ERA has extensive experience in the preparation of management plans for protected areas in Antarctica. This work has involved all aspects of plan development, such as:

From 1993 to 1998 Dr Harris carried out similar work while employed as the principal Environmental Specialist at ICAIR, Christchurch, New Zealand, which involved eighteen sites throughout the the Ross Sea region. Dr Harris left ICAIR in 1998 to establish ERA, which was contracted by the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States to prepare management plans and maps for sites in the Antarctic Peninsula region. This work included 15 sites, ranging from the Pensacola Mountains (82°30'S 51°00'W) in the south to the South Orkney Islands (60°45'S, 45°30'W) in the north. Recently, ERA renewed work on protected areas in the Ross Sea for the Government of Italy, the first of which was adopted by the Antarctic Treaty Parties in Madrid in June 2003 (ASPA No. 161 - see table below) and the second (Edmonson Point) was adopted in 2006.

Dr Harris and ERA have thus worked on almost half (30) of the 71 sites adopted to date by the Antarctic Treaty Parties (as at March 2012), with extensive field experience accumulated over more than a decade. The sites include both marine and terrestrial environments, and are protected for a wide range of values. In carrying out this work, collaborative links have been established across a broad network of scientists and countries. As such, ERA has the most wide-ranging and extensive experience available world-wide for this type of work. This experience has ensured that all of the management plans prepared by ERA have been adopted by the Antarctic Treaty Parties without significant modification.

A list of all of the sites for which Dr Harris or ERA was responsible for preparing the draft management plans and maps is provided in two tables below. The tables show the country responsible for original proposal of the site and the years plan and map development took place. Links are provided to the Antarctic Protected Areas Information Archive, where the full plans may be accessed. This web-based archive of information on protected areas was originally developed by ERA, and has now been transferred to the Committee for Environmental Protection.

The first table includes site plans prepared for clients by ERA since 1998. The second table lists sites worked on pre-1998. Should you wish to find out more about the services ERA could offer that might assist you in this type of work, please do not hesitate to contact ERA.

ASPA No. Protected Area management plans / maps prepared by ERA, 1998 onwards Original proponent Years work undertaken
106 Cape Hallett, Victoria Land US 1996-97, 2009-10
107 Emperor Island, Dion Islands, Marguerite Bay, Antarctic Peninsula UK 1998-2002
108 Green Island, Berthelot Islands, Antarctic Peninsula UK 1998-2002
110 Lynch Island, South Orkney Islands UK 1998-2000
113 Litchfield Island, Arthur Harbour, Anvers Island, Palmer Archipelago US 2002-04, 2008-09, 2013-14
114 Northern Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands UK 2000-03
115 Lagotellerie Island, Marguerite Bay, Antarctic Peninsula UK 1998-2000
117 Avian Island, off Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula UK 1998-2002
119 Davis Valley and Forlidas Pond, Dufek Massif US 2002-05, 2009-10
121 Cape Royds, Ross Island US 1994-96, 2008-10, 2013-14
122 Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island US 1995-97, 2010-12
123 Barwick and Balham Valleys, Victoria Land US 1994-97, 2007-08, 2012-13
124 Cape Crozier, Ross Island US 1994-97, 2007-08, 2013-14
126 Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands UK/Chile 1998-2002
128 Western Shore of Admiralty Bay Poland/US 2013-2014
137 Northwest White Island, McMurdo Sound US 1995-96, 2007-08, 2012-13
138 Linnaeus Terrace, Asgard Range, Victoria Land US 1995-97, 2007-08, 2012-13
139 Biscoe Point, Anvers Island US 2002-04, 2009-10, 2013-14
147 Ablation Valley-Ganymede Heights, Alexander Island UK 1998-2002
148 Mount Flora, Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula UK 1998-2002
149 Cape Shirreff, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands US/Chile 2001-05, 2010-11
152 Western Bransfield Strait off Low Island, South Shetland Islands US 2000-03, 2008-09
153 Eastern Dallmann Bay off Brabant Island, Palmer Archipelago US 2000-03, 2008-09
161 Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea Italy 2001-03
165 Edmonson Point, Wood Bay, Victoria Land Italy 2002-06
172 Lower Taylor Glacier and Blood Falls US 2010-12
173 Cape Washington and Silverfish Bay US 2011-13

ASPA No. Protected Area management plans / maps Dr Harris worked on before 1998 Original proponent Years work undertaken
105 Beaufort Island, Ross Sea NZ 1995-96
116 New College Valley, Caughley Beach, Cape Bird, Ross Island NZ 1994-96
118 Summit of Mount Melbourne, Victoria Land (including Cryptogam Ridge) NZ 1994-96
130 Tramway Ridge, Mount Erebus, Ross Island NZ 1994-96
131 Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land NZ 1994-97
154 Botany Bay, Cape Geology, Victoria Land NZ 1996-97
156 Lewis Bay, Mount Erebus, Ross Island NZ 1994-96

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