The SGA Online Talk of 28 November 2021, Saving Ocean Wanderers, was attended by about 150 Zoom viewers. If you missed it, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. You can see this, and our previous talks, on the SGA Video Recordings page via the Resources menu on our website.
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has released details of its strategy for managing the territory under the banner ‘Pathway to Protection’.
This will be a two-phased approach, involving the declaration of Terrestrial Protected Areas, and will treat two areas differently.
South Georgia and its surrounding islands will be managed so as to balance access with protection, very much along the lines of what already happens. The South Sandwich Islands will be closed to visitors, although there are already very few anyway, to preserve its even more unspoilt nature.
The Pathway to protection will be implemented in two phases. In phase I, the South Sandwich Islands will be closed to most visitors, and South Georgia will carry on much in the way it already does. Phase II will consist of information gathering and consultation, to gather the information needed to determine the need for, and the methods of implementing, more localised management plans.
An advisory group will be convened to help with this, including, we hope, representatives of the South Georgia Association.
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has released an updated visitor briefing film. Twenty minutes long, it is required viewing for all visitors to South Georgia before arrival, including pointers to ensure a low-impact visit. It is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and contains some stunning film footage from the BBC natural History unit.