As more people visit the southern regions, careful management is required. Visitors must avoid wildlife disturbance, vegetation trampling, introduction of non-native species and pollution. Strict guidelines help avoid these adverse impacts.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for the management of the nation’s activities in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region. The Australian Antarctic Division has the prime responsibility for managing the programs and policies involved. These include environmental authorisations and approvals relating to tourism and non-government expeditions in Antarctica.
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