25 Sep 2009

Antarctica agreement signed

5:11 pm on 25 September 2009

Representatives from the five Southern Rim gateway cities to Antarctica have signed a statement of intent, agreeing to work together to maintain access and protection.

It is the first time delegates from Christchurch, Hobart, Cape Town, Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile have signed the statement.

Each of the cities provides a unique gateway to access Antarctica and the statement is designed to maintain the points of difference while providing a standard to adhere to.

The signing comes in time for the official opening of the Antarctica season on Sunday.