This month sees the launch of a new 10-year strategy for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT)
The British Antarctic Territory Strategy 2014-2019 was successful in driving forward the Government’s objectives for the BAT. A few highlights include:
- supporting education and outreach projects to raise awareness of BAT and the UK’s role in Antarctica;
- working closely with a range of stakeholders to better understand environmental factors;
- helping preserve the UK’s heritage in BAT for future generations; and
- maintaining an effective administration framework.
2019 – 2029 strategy
The new strategy continues in the same overal direction, but has been simplified to fit with project funding priorities. It was finalised following consultation with a range of stakeholders.
Our overarching aim as the Government of BAT is to maintain its security and good governance. To achieve this we have five headling objectives:
- To promote the British Antarctic Territory and UK in Antarctica, including by increasing awareness through education and outreach with partners;
- To protect the Territory’s environment, on the basis of thorough science and research;
- To preserve British heritage for future generations;
- Ensure there is an effective and proportionate legislative and administrative framework;
- To effectively administer the Territory, including managing finances in accordance with the best financial practise.