Antarctica Specially Managed Area

Any area, including any marine area, where activities are being conducted or may in the future be conducted, may be designated as an Antarctic Specially Managed Area to assist in the planning and co-ordination of activities, avoid possible conflicts, improve co-operation between Parties or minimize environmental impacts.

Antarctic Specially Managed Areas may include:

  1. areas where activities pose risks of mutual interference or cumulative environmental impacts; and
  2. sites or monuments of recognized historic value.


Entry into an Antarctic Specially Managed Area shall not require a permit.


Notwithstanding paragraph above, an Antarctic Specially Managed Area may contain one or more Antarctic Specially Protected Areas, entry into which shall be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued under Article 7.