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IAATO launches free iOS and Android for Antarctica guides

Monday, December 4th 2017 - 08:44 UTC
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Lisa Kelley, head of operations, IAATO, called it 'the perfect support tool for IAATO staff in the field. Lisa Kelley, head of operations, IAATO, called it 'the perfect support tool for IAATO staff in the field.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators launched a free iOS and Android app for staff guiding visitors in Antarctica that makes it quick and easy for users in the field to access essential information, without the need for a phone signal.

 IAATO developed the new 'Polar Guide: Antarctica' app to include existing operational procedures and guidelines for wildlife watching, visiting specific sites, being a responsible Antarctic visitor, preventing the introduction of alien species and more. The app is also intended to be a useful resource for anyone visiting or keen to learn more about Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty and the work being done to preserve the continent’s landscape and wildlife.

Lisa Kelley, head of operations, IAATO, called it 'the perfect support tool for IAATO staff in the field.' She said users can quickly refer to essential information to meet all IAATO and Antarctic Treaty System requirements for safe and ethical operations on and around the White Continent.

IAATO launched the app on Antarctica Day, Dec. 1, which celebrates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty 58 years ago.

IAATO members work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts.

The app will allow users to stay up to speed with the latest IAATO vessel and International Maritime Organization information for effective yacht and ship operations. It also will enable them to support Antarctic science and conservation while enhancing their experience in Antarctica by learning about selected citizen science projects.

'IAATO Polar Guide: Antarctica' can be downloaded here for iOS and here for Android.

Categories: Environment, Tourism, Antarctica.

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  • Brit Bob

    Argentina's and Chile's Antarctic claims:-

    The fact remains that uti possidetis juris fails to square properly with the legal establishment of non-Hispanic states in the New World, as well as with the more recently evolved principle of decolonization and self-determination. Furthermore, save for the Latin American states, succession from the original Spanish rights has neither commanded widespread respect nor attracted international acceptance, either in practice or in principle. The dearth of contemporary legal appreciation for uti possidetis juris strongly suggests that it contributes only a modium, if any, legal support to either Argentina's or Chile's assertion to valid title over claims in the Southern Ocean or Antarctica. In short, consideration of intertemporal law and factual conditions, especially the extent to which the territorial sovereignty of Spain was actually manifest in the Antarctic casts serious doubts about the legal propriety or validity of the uti possidetis argument today. ('Antarctica and the Law of The Sea,' Joyner C,* Nijhoff, M Publishers, p59-60, 1992, quoting, 'Conflict of Sovereignties in Antarctica,' Yearbook of World Affairs, Daniel J, p 262-66, 1949; 'The American Antarctic,' American Journal of International Law,' p603, Hayton R.D., 1956; and 'Antarctic Law and Politics,' Auburn, F.M. P50, pub C Hurst 1982).

    Falklands – Argentina's Inheritance Problem ( 1 pg): -

    Dec 04th, 2017 - 10:52 am 0
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