Annex V comes into force

With India’s approval of Annex V, the Annex came into force on 24 May 2002. As a consequence Specially Protected Areas (SPA) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are renamed and renumbered as Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (see detailed lists of the Antarctic special areas.)

Since the Madrid Protocol entered into force in 1991 parties have revised and rewritten SPA and SSSI management plans in the Annex V format as Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. Parties agreed to seek completion of this work of updating management plans.