The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) division manages and oversees the environmental, safety, and health aspects of research and operations conducted in Antarctica for U.S. stations, field camps, and research vessels. EH&S programs are designed to support multi-diverse locations and communities, preserve the natural resources of Antarctica’s unique environment, and support the mission, vision, and goals of the National Science Foundation .
For more information, see the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Environment, Health and Safety (PEHS) .
Following are summaries of the treaties and laws that apply to Antarctica and of recent actions taken in the USAP.
Protecting the environment is a high priority for nations that operate in Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty System , with its agreed measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora and its protocol on Environmental Protection , prescribes comprehensive protective measures.
The U.S. government is pledged to uphold these principles. The National Science Foundation (NSF) operates the USAP in accordance with U.S. and international requirements regarding protection of the environment.
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