Chile resumes Antarctic Inspections after 26 years
Chile has resumed inspections to foreign stations and bases on the Antarctic continent under the Antarctic Treaty and its Protocol on Environmental Protection. The last time Chile carried out inspections at Antarctic territory was in 1990. Inspections were carried out at bases and shelters in the South Shetland Islands, where most Antarctic stations are concentrated, between February 15 and 18, 2016.
Inspections are a verification procedure which allow mutual examination by the Contracting Parties, ensuring transparency of activities in Antarctica and compliance with the standards established under the Antarctic Treaty System, particularly those of an environmental nature.
These inspections were conducted jointly with Argentina, obeying an agreement reached by the 2015 Ad-Hoc Committee Argentina – Chile on Antarctic Policy. Inspectors performed their activities using Chilean logistics.
This inspection program is contemplated by the Chilean Antarctic Strategic Plan 2015-2019 and the 2016 Plan for Antarctic Activities, approved by the Chilean Council on Antarctic Policy in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The inspections report and their recommendations will be submitted to the XXXIX Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, to be held in Chile from May 23 to June 1, 2016.