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Handbook of the Antarctic Treaty System

This Handbook, last updated by the United States in 2002, reproduces material with respect to the Antarctic Treaty system, including the Antarctic Treaty itself, the Protocol on Environment Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and measures [recommendations] in furtherance of the principles and objectives of the Treaty. Updated information on the Antarctic Treaty system is available on the websites of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat or the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

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-Chapter I -- Foreword to the Ninth Edition
-Chapter II -- The Antarctic Treaty System: Introduction
-Chapter III -- Operation of the Antarctic Treaty System
-Chapter IV -- Inspections Under Arcticle VII of the Treaty
-Chapter V -- Exchanges of Information, Including Data Management
-Chapter VI -- Scientific Cooperation
-Chapter VII -- Logistical and Operational Issues
-Chapter VIII -- Tourism and Other Non-governmental Activities
-Chapter IX -- Conservation of Antarctic Seals: CCAS
-Chapter X -- Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources: CCAMLR
-Chapter XI -- Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities: CRAMRA
-Chapter XII -- Protection of the Antarctic Environment
-Protection of the Antarctic Environment II
-Protection of the Antarctic Environment III
-Antarctic Specially Protected Areas
-Antarctic Specially Protected Areas II
-Antarctic Specially Protected Areas III
-Antarctic Specially Protected Areas IV


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