Draft Antarctica and Southern Ocean Strategy (ASOS) for public comment

             
Introduction and background
 
Purpose and objectives
 
Documents for download
 
Submissions and enquiries
     
 
                     

 

Introduction and background

 

As South Africa has progressed through her historic path of distinct socio-political phases, her involvement in Antarctica has been framed by the geo-political aspirations of the respective dominant powers. With the advent of the democratic New South Africa in 1994, the country’s policy and strategic thrust in all matters was reviewed. In relation to Antarctica, sub-Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, this has commenced with the formulation of the country’s first formal Antarctica and Southern Ocean Strategy (ASOS), henceforth referred to as the strategy.

The draft ASOS outlines South Africa’s strategic national interests, articulates a national vision for our engagement in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and describes specific national strategic objectives. The national interests include:

  • Custodial responsibility to ensure the treaty is functional;
  • The Antarctica and the Southern Ocean play a pivotal role in the weather and climate patterns world-wide;
  • South Africa as a gateway to Antarctica should optimise use of our geographic positioning and proximity to Antarctica to serve as a vibrant Antarctic sector that serves economic interests,
  • Scientific endeavour and environmental management and the Southern Ocean are a special outdoor laboratories that are used to study and understand natural processes and present opportunities to study / research a number of pressing questions in the field of health,
  • Agriculture (extremophiles), oceanographic, drought (i.e. glaciology) and geological sciences and South Africa is well positioned to play a leading role.

 

Purpose / objectives of this communication

 

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries invites the public to comment on the draft Antarctica and Southern Ocean Strategy.

The period for which the public may submit comments on the draft Antarctic and Southern Ocean Strategy is 60 calendar days from the date of publication of this notice in the newspaper. Comments submitted after this may not be considered.

 

Download documents

 

 

Submissions and enquiries

 

All comments must be submitted, in writing, using one of the following methods:

Post:

The Deputy Director-General: Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Private Bag X4390
8001
Attention: Mr Mbulelo Dopolo; or

Hand-delivery:

The Deputy Director-General: Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
1 East Pier Building
East Pier Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
Attention: Mr Mbulelo Dopolo; or

By e-mail:

mdopolo@environment.gov.za  

 

Enquiries:

Any enquiries in connection with the draft Antarctic and Southern Ocean Strategy can be directed to: 
Mr Mbulelo Dopolo
Tel: 021 819 2420.

 

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