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Joint CEP / SC-CAMLR Workshop on Climate Change and Monitoring

NEW: Joint CEP/SC-CAMLR Workshop Group Photo



At their respective annual meetings in 2014, the Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP XVII Report, paragraph 52) and SC-CAMLR (SC-CAMLR-XXXIII Report, paragraph 10.3) endorsed the proposal to hold a second Joint CEP/SC-CAMLR Workshop in 2016. The agreed general scope of the workshop is to identify the effects of climate change that are considered most likely to impact the conservation of the Antarctic, and to identify existing and potential sources of research and monitoring data relevant to the CEP and SC-CAMLR.

Both the Environmental Protocol (Article 12) and the CCAMLR Convention (Article XV) state that the respective bodies should consult with, and have regard to the work of, other scientific and technical organizations within the framework of the Antarctic Treaty System. Such a joint workshop provides an important opportunity for cooperation and further understanding on topics that are of shared interest between the CEP and SC-CAMLR.

The 2016 joint workshop will follow up on the first joint workshop held in Baltimore in 2009 (ATCM XXXII WP55), which aimed to:

  • develop a shared understanding of the conservation objectives and priorities of CEP and SC-CAMLR;
  • identify areas of common interest;
  • define mechanisms for practical cooperation, including the sharing of data and information, and
  • identify the lead body on topics of mutual interest.

Discussion at the 2009 workshop focused on climate change and the Antarctic marine environment; biodiversity and non-native species; Antarctic species requiring special protection; spatial management and protected areas; and ecosystem and environmental monitoring. The 2016 joint workshop will focus further attention on two of these areas of common interest. Climate change and related research and monitoring are key elements of the current agendas and work plans of the SC-CAMLR and the CEP, where the development of joint approaches and understanding is particularly pertinent. The importance of these issues has also been highlighted by SCAR in its recent Horizon Scan (Kennicutt et al 2014) as well as in its Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment reports and updates (Turner et al, 2013).

NEW: Workshop Programme

The  Joint CEP-SC Workshop Programme is now available to all participants.


Workshop terms of reference

  • Identifying those drivers or effects for which measurable responses are required to support the goals of the CEP and SC-CAMLR;
  • Considering existing monitoring programs to determine whether the data is sufficient to assess climate change impacts or whether new approaches are needed; and
  • Defining mechanisms for practical cooperation, including the sharing of data and information.



Participants are required to register by sending an email to with the following information: Title – Name – Gender – Email – Organisation – Country. We encourage participants to register at least fifteen days in advance of the Workshop, in order to facilitate the preparations for the meeting.


Paper submission

Participants are invited to send documents to the following email address: We advise using this template for Workshop documents. Papers should be received by the Secretariat no later than 15 days fefore the Meeting: Thusday 5 May 2016.


Access to Workshop papers

The document list will be available at CEP section of the AT Secretariat website (, and will be restricted to participants. Username and Password information will be provided directly to CCAMLR and CEP Members.

Information about the venue

 The workshop will take place at the Dreams Hotel, located on the waterfront, only a short walk from the city centre. (Map)



The Dreams hotel will offer a special rate for Workshop participants, which will be available until 31 March. After that, it will be subject to availability. In order to make a reservation, please fill the FORMULARIO RESERVAS INDIVIDUALES (2)and send a scanned copy to, and . In the subject section, please include the following text “Reserva habitaciones Reunión CPA/CS-CCRVMA 19-20 mayo”.

Alternatively, there are several hotels and hostels available in Punta Arenas.


NEW: Social functions

  • Thursday 19, 18:30 pm – Welcome cocktail. INACH (Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1055 – Map)
    Please confirm your attendance with the organizers.
  • Friday 20, 13:00 pm – Lunch. Sky bar at Dreams Hotel.


General Information about Punta Arenas


Punta Arenas is the ideal starting point for adventure seekers planning visits to the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego.

Getting to and around Punta Arenas

From Santiago International Airport (IATA: SCL) there are two airlines to and from Punta Arenas (IATA: PUQ): LAN Chile, and Sky Airlines. Direct flights are available via LAN Chile only, and take approximately three and a half hours.

There are taxis available from the airport to the city. Booking before the flight is recommended, as there is a limited amount of taxis at the airport. We recommend you request your pick up to your hotel. The cost per cab is approximately 9.000 CLP (around 15 USD).

What to see

Punta Arenas offers a variety of activities to do during your stay.

  • Magellan Regional Museum. Housed in an art nouveau palace, the building was commissioned in 1903 by businessman Mauricio Braun and built using wood brought exclusively from the Old World. It now houses a permanent art exhibition as well as period furniture collections.
  • Municipal Cementery. One the most striking cemeteries in South America, its cypress trees are beautifully arranged and its mausoleums, gardens and the extravagant tombs blend in with the memories of the many hardworking immigrants and sailors who made Magellan their final destination. This is the final resting place of such colourful characters as José Menendez, who ruled a sheep herding empire centuries ago.
  • Plaza de Armas. Visit the Memorial to Ferdinand Magellan located at the centre of this traditional square. An old custom states that if you kiss the native Aónikenk’s toe located in the Memorial to Ferdinand Magellan, you will return to Punta Arenas. Around the square, there are many stores to buy souvenirs
  • Cerro la Cruz Observatory. Cerro de la Cruz’s height allows magnificent views of the city with its multicolored roof, the Strait of Magellan, Mount Sarmiento, Tierra del Fuego Island and the southern area of the Brunswick Peninsula. A pole at the top shows directions and distances from Punta Arenas to different cities of the world.
  • Torres del Paine National Park . The National Park covers 181,000 hectares. It has roads for vehicles and paths for walkers. Visit for more information.

For more information, please visit Chile Travel.



Punta Arenas’s Free Trade Zone is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, gifts or pick up something you might need while traveling. Opens daily from 10am to 9 pm. Address: Av. Bulnes Km. 3,5 Norte, Punta Arenas

Espacio Urbano Pionero is shopping mall with several shops, department stores and supermarkets. Opens Monday to Thursday from 10:30am to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 9:30 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 10:30am to 9pm. Address: Avenida Eduardo Frei Montalva 01110, Punta Arenas


Cafes & Restaurants

There is a variety of cafes and restaurants in Punta Arenas. Please note to always check in advance if card payments are accepted.

  • Toques de Patagonia – Chilean seafood and meats. Almirante Señoret 1041. Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 9 5429 6786. See reviews.
  • Sotito’s – Chilean. Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 1138 , Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 224 3565.  See reviews.
  • La Marmita – Chilean, vegetarian, Seafood. Plaza Sampaio 678, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 222 2056. See reviews.
  • El Fogón de Lalo – Steak House. 21 de Mayo 1650, Punta Arenas. Phone+56 61 237 1149. See reviews.
  • Entre Ollas y Sartenes – Sushi House. General del Canto 010, Punta Arenas. Phone +56 61 232 1566. See reviews.
  • La Cuisine – French. O’Higgins 1037, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 222 8641. See reviews.
  • Mesita Grande – Italian. O’Higgins 1001, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 224 4312. See reviews.
  • La Luna – Mediterranean. O’Higgins 1017, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 222 8555. See reviews.
  • Café Inmigrante – Coffee and delicatessen. Quillota 599, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 222 2205. See reviews.
  • Café Tapiz – Coffee and delicatessen. Roca 912, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 9 6565 5294. See reviews.
  • La Chocolatta – Coffee and delicatessen. Bories 852, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 224 8150. See reviews.
  • Amaranta Tea House – Delicatessen, Vegan, Italian. Avenida Colon 822 B, Punta Arenas. Phone: +56 61 237 1132. See reviews.



May is  cold in Punta Arenas. Minimum and maximum temperatures vary between -1°C and 9°C, and strong winds are expected, which can reach up to 40 km/h. Mostly cloudy days during May. Winter clothes are strongly recommended for outdoor walking.



Clínica Magallanes  is recommended to the participants in the Workshop, in case they need medical attention.  Payment should be arranged individually.