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Antarctic Resources Policy: Scientific, Legal and Political Issues


Edited By: Francisco Orrego-Vicuna

344 pages, 41 illus, 18 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2009 | #179842 | ISBN-13: 9780521105507
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Hardback | Sep 1983 | #9357 | ISBN: 0521259525
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This book presents the official record of the conference on Antarctic Resources Policy, organised by the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile in October 1982. The system of international cooperation in the Antarctic has been evolving rapidly since the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. Inextricably linked to this cooperation is the question of the rational management of Antarctic resources, both the living species and the minerals.

The major themes covered by the papers include: the state of Antarctic knowledge at this point in the 80s, the policy for the conservation of living species, the exploitation of minerals, legal issues and the prospects for future cooperation. This review will attract a wide readership among people and institutions with a professional interest in Antarctic affairs. First published in 1983.


1. Antarctic resources policy: an introduction Francisco Orrego Vicuna; Part I. The State of Antarctic Knowledge and Experience: 2. Antarctica: its history and development V. E. Fuchs; 3. The living resources of the Southern Ocean: a scientific overview George A. Knox; 4. The mineral resources of Antarctica: progress in their identification Tore Gjelsvik; 5. Environmental factors in the development of Antarctica M. W. Holdgate; 6. Cooperation in the Antarctic: a quarter of a century's experience J. A. Heap; Part II. The Policy for the Conservation of the Living Resources of Antarctica: 7. Scientific and economic considerations relating to the conservation of marine living resources in Antarctica D. L. Powell; 8. The implementation of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources: needs and problems Takesi Nagata; 9. The regime for the conservation of Antarctica's living resources Josyane Couratier; 10. The Canberra Convention: objectives and political aspects of its negotiation Fernando Zegers; Part III. The Policy for the Exploration and Exploitation of the Mineral Resources of Antarctica: 11. Geologic data and its impact on the discussion on a regime for mineral resources Oscar Gonzalez-Ferran; 12. Basic conditions for the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in Antarctica: options and experiences Egil Bergsager; 13. Oil as a special resource: problems and experiences Gilbert Guillaume; 14. An overview of the problems which should be addressed in the preparation of a regime governing the mineral resources of Antarctica C. D. Beeby; 15. The definition of a regime on Antarctic mineral resources: basic options Francisco Orrego Vicuna; 16. Criteria for access to the resources of Antarctica: alternatives, procedure and experience applicable Keith Brennan; Part IV. Issues on Antarctica and the Law of the Sea: 17. The application of the law of the sea to the Antarctic continent Alfred Van der Essen; 18. The application of the law of the sea and the exclusive economic zone to the Antarctic continent Francisco Orrego Vicuna; 19. The continental shelf of Antarctica: legal implications for a regime on mineral resources Maria Teresa Infante; Part V. The Policy for Antarctic Cooperation: 20. Antarctica's role in international relations Roberto E. Guyer; 21. Alternatives for cooperation and institutionalisation in Antarctica: outlook for the 1990s R. Tucker Scully; 22. Resource development in polar regions: comments on technology E. F. Roots; 23. Jurisdictional problems in relation to Antarctic mineral resources in political perspective Finn Sollie.

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