The Place of Regulation in Relationship to Science
In his review of the history of science in relationship to the ATS, Olav Orheim pointed to the increasingly diminished role of SCAR, while bureaucratic structures have grown, especially in connection with the introduction of conventions that have been adopted to regulate natural resources and the environment. Regarding the new Environmental Protocol, he noted that the introduction of environmental impact assessment (EIA) is not all bad; however he insisted that science needs free hands. Finally Orheim reiterated his well known view concerning the fragility of the Antarctic ecosystems, that this is a misconception; many of the ecosystems are in fact quite robust and one should not worry about incidental mortality of penguins and seals in connection with, for example, seismic surveys using explosives.
KeywordsEnvironmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment Seismic Survey Free Hand Bureaucratic Structure
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