Environmental Policy and Compliance
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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 External U.S. government site.

For more information, see the National Science Foundation Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH) External U.S. government site Section.

Following are summaries of the treaties and laws that apply to Antarctica and of recent actions taken in the USAP.

Treaties and Laws that Protect the Environment
Conservation and Environmental Procedures

Environmental Stewardship

Protecting the environment is a high priority for nations that operate in Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty System External Non-U.S. government site, with its agreed measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora External Non-U.S. government site and its protocol on
Environmental Protection External Non-U.S. government site, 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.