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    Strengthening the joint work of the CEP and SC-CAMLR on climate change

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    Submitted by ASOC
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    Ms Claire Christian (ASOC)

    ASOC strongly supports the decision of ATCM XXXVIII to hold a second joint workshop between the CEP and SC-CAMLR on climate change. In this paper, we suggest some ways to ensure successful outcomes for the workshop, including:  agreeing on a scientific baseline; compiling overviews of existing efforts; basing the joint work programme on the CEP’s Climate Change Response Work Programme; determining a process for information updates and exchange; considering mechanisms for temporary protection of areas affected by rapid climate events such as the collapse of an ice shelf; considering possible measures and decisions where climate change information would be required by the ATCM and CCAMLR; and facilitating the contribution of relevant observers and experts to the workshop. Coordination on this important issue is the only way that the ATS will develop an organized, responsive approach to addressing the impacts of climate change on the Antarctic environment.