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Press release on Climate | Energy

Safe and ecologically just travel to Antarctica

Fascinating Antarctica: Ever more people are attracted to the austral summer in the vast expanses of the icy continent, to penguins, seals and whales. There were more than 46,000 visitors in last year’s travel season alone. There was a fivefold jump in visitor numbers from 1992 to 2008, making it impossible to avoid negative impact on the environment. Nevertheless, any visitor to the South Pole, whether tourist, researcher, journalist or member of a film crew, needs valid authorisation, for which the Federal Environment (UBA) Agency is the issuing authority for all German citizens. Yet preserving the nativeness and intactness of the continent requires practical binding guidelines of behaviour. UBA is educating all travellers, especially cruise ship tourists, about how to behave ecologically on the ”white continent” in its updated guide and a new flyer. The guide explains how best to protect the unique and ever so sensitive Antarctic animal and plant kingdoms. One important rule of thumb is: watching is allowed, but keep your distance. read more


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