Protecting Special Areas

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Protecting Special Areas

Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA)

An area of Antarctica may be designated an ASPA to protect outstanding environmental, scientific, historic, aesthetic or wilderness values, any combination of those values, or on-going or planned scientific research.

Antarctic Specially Managed Areas (ASMA)

An area where activities are being conducted or may be conducted in the future may be designated as an ASMA, to assist in the planning and co-ordination of activities, avoid possible conflicts, improve co-operation between parties or minimise environmental impacts.

Historic Sites and Monuments

Antarctic New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust cooperate closely to protect and managed these important sites in the Ross Sea region.

Visitor Site Guidelines

There are some sites in the Ross Sea region that are visited by tour operators and tourists.