|Environmental Impact Assessment|
Annex I of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty requires that before any kind of activities are conducted in Antarctica, the possible environmental impacts are assessed.
Under the Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act (which implements Annex I provisions), all activities organised in New Zealand or proceeding to Antarctica from New Zealand must complete an environmental evaluation in one of these categories. The evaluation must be approved by the Minister of Foreign Affairs before the activity can commence. Antarctica New Zealand coordinates the provision of environmental evaluations to the Ministry for the activities it supports. Proponents of activities not supported by Antarctica New Zealand should deal direcly with the Ministry.
Most activities, including most science events, complete a PEE and only two New Zealand CEEs have so far been undertaken (for the multi-national Cape Roberts Scientific Drilling Project and the multi-national ANDRILL project).
The CEE for the ANDRILL project can be downloaded here. IEEs have been completed for activities such as the removal of Vanda Station in the Wright Valley and for fuel storage upgrade and new constructions at Scott Base.