ATCM
Antarctic Treaty
Electronic Information Exchange System

Party: Belarus
2015/2016 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: State Program ‘Monitoring of the Earth’s Polar Areas, construction of Belarusian Antarctic Station and Promotion of Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions’ for 2016-2020
Planned Operating Period: From  01 Apr 2016   To  31 Dec 2020
Contact Point:
Organisation: National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Name: Vladimir Loginov
Job Title or Position: Academician, Chief Researcher, Supervisor
Phone: +375 17 237 64 17
Email: nature@ecology.basnet.by
Details/Description: Investigation of tropospheric aerosol, clouds and underlying surface in Antarctica; ozonosphere and ultraviolet radiation investigations; climatic studies; climate and environmental change; geophysical and geochemical surveys of the earth’s crust; study and estimation of living resources of the Antarctic coastal ecosystems; environmental impact assessment of activities related to the construction and operation of the Belarusian Antarctic station.
Link (URL): www.ecology.basnet.by
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Botany, Marine biology, Environmental sciences, Atmospheric sciences, Biology, Climate studies, Ecology, Microbiology, Geophysics and seismology, Meteorology, Geochemistry
Areas of Activity
comnap.aq

Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: Assessment of renewable living resources of the Antarctic coastal ecosystems, energy value of Antarctic fishes
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: The Scientific and Practical Centre for Bioresources of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Main Activity/ Remarks: Study of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Vechernyaya Mount: flora and fauna diversity, microbiology, resources
Link (URL): http://biobel.by/
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  28 Dec 2015   To:  16 Feb 2016
Areas of Operation
comnap.aq
Project Name/Number: Comprehensive terrestrial and satellite monitoring of tropospheric aerosol, clouds and underlying surface in Antarctica
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences
Main Activity/ Remarks: Lidar and radiometric observations of atmospheric aerosols
Link (URL): www.ledcenter.by
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  28 Dec 2015   To:  18 Feb 2016
Areas of Operation
comnap.aq
Project Name/Number: Development of radio devices for monitoring of snow & ice cover and atmosphere in the Polar Regions
Discipline: Radio Engineering
Principal Investigator: Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics
Main Activity/ Remarks: Radio devices for snow & ice cover monitoring
Link (URL): www.ecology.basnet.by
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  28 Dec 2015   To:  16 Feb 2016
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: Geophysical and geochemical surveys of the earth’s crust in Antarctica
Discipline: Geochemistry , Geophysics and seismology
Principal Investigator: Institute for Nature Management, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Main Activity/ Remarks: Geophysical observations, measurements of magnetic fields
Link (URL): www.ecology.basnet.by
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  28 Dec 2015   To:  16 Feb 2016
Areas of Operation

Project Name/Number: Ozonosphere and ultraviolet radiation investigations; hydrometeorological support of the Belarusian Antarctic expedition and climate research
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences , Meteorology
Principal Investigator: National Scientific Centre on Monitoring of Ozonosphere of the Belarusian State University
Main Activity/ Remarks: Measurements of solar UV radiation intensity, ozone and nitrogen oxide concentrations; meteorological observations ()
Link (URL): http://ozone.bsu.by/
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  28 Dec 2015   To:  16 Feb 2016
Areas of Operation

Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Mount Vechernyaya
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: comnap.aq   Lat: 67º 39´ 30´´ S   Long: 46º 09´ 12´´ E  
Maximum Population: 6
Medical Facilities: One physician
Remarks / Description: The first module of Belarusian Antarctic Station (control, communication and navigation) and the expedition personnel of the 8th Belarusian Antarctic Expedition were delivered to Antarctica by Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE) vessel “Academician Fedorov” in December 2015. The first module of Belarusian Antarctic Station was assembled in December 2015-February 2016 at Mount
Operating Period: From: December To: March

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: Academician Fedorov
Country of Registry: Russian Federation
Number of Voyages: 0
Maximum Crew: 75
Maximum Passengers: 90
Remarks: Participants of the 8th Belarusian Antarctic Expedition were delivered to Antarctica from Cape Town by a Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE) vessel ‘Academician Fedorov’ in December 2015 and back to Montevideo in April 2016

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: BT67
Category: Intracontinental flights
Period From: 18/02/2016
Period To: 18/02/2016
Remarks: Personnel transportation: Mount Vechernyaya, Tala Hills, Enderby Land - Novolazarevskaya Station within the limits of Antarctic flights system DROMLAN

Research Rockets Report
Military
Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Denial of Authorizations
Aircrat Report
Compliance with the Protocol Report
Environmental Information - Compliance with the Protocol
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Contingency Plans Report
Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Procedures)
No new procedures were established during this reporting period.

Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (IEE/CEE List - Annex I)
Type: CEE
Title: Construction and Operation of Belarusian Antarctic Research Station at Mount Vechernyaya, Enderby Land. Final Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation
Organization(s) responsible: Institute for Nature Management, the Scientific and Practical Centre for Bioresources and the Republican Centre for Polar Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Activity: Construction, operation and maintenance of facilities
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
Locations: Site name: Mount Vechernyaya, Enderby Land
Latitude: 67°39´30´´S
Latitude: 46°09´12´´E
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: The scientific results to be gained by the construction and operation of new research station will outweigh likely more than a minor or transitory impact the station will have on the Antarctic environment at this highly impacted by earlier activities area; scope for co-operation of scientific efforts will be enhanced.

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Monitoring and follow-up Activities)
Name of Activity: Environmental Monitoring at Mount Vechernyaya, Enderby Land (Belarusian Antarctic Station)
Location:
Site Name: comnap.aq   67º 39´ 30´´ S   Long: 46º 09´ 12´´ E  
Procedures put in Place: Sample plot was established according to requirements.
Information Obtained: Environmental indicators were selected to observe the effect of construction and operation of the station and scientific activities at the territory and around station
Actions Taken:
Related EIA:
Year 0   Title
Link (URL): http://ats.aq/documents/ATCM38/ip/ATCM38_ip039_e.doc

Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Environmental Information - Conservation of Fauna and Flora
Permit Number: 3
Permit Period: Date begin:  28 Dec 2015   Date end:  29 Feb 2016
Species: Mosses and Lichens
Location:
Site Name: comnap.aq   Lat: 67º 39´ 30´´ S   Long: 46º 09´ 12´´ E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Plant Removal
Amount: 700 g
Purpose: scientific collection and study (taxonomy, ecological and biochemical features)
Removal or Disposal: Yes
Remarks: Assessment of renewable living resources of the Antarctic coastal ecosystems, energy value of Antarc
Event or Project Name/Number: Pursuant to the provisions of the State Program ‘Monitoring of the Earth’s Polar Areas, construction
Permit Number: 2
Permit Period: Date begin:  01 Jan 2016   Date end:  30 Jan 2016
Species: Plankton, Algae
Location:
Site Name: comnap.aq   Lat: 67º 39´ 30´´ S   Long: 46º 09´ 12´´ E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 200 mg
Purpose: scientific collection and study (taxonomy, caloric value)
Removal or Disposal: Yes
Remarks: Pursuant to the provisions of the State Program ‘Monitoring of the Earth’s Polar Areas, construction of Belarusian Antarctic Station and Promotion of Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions’ for 2016-2020
Event or Project Name/Number: Assessment of renewable living resources of the Antarctic coastal ecosystems, energy value of Antarc
Permit Number: 1
Permit Period: Date begin:  01 Jan 2016   Date end:  29 Feb 2016
Species: Trematomus spp.
Location:
Site Name: comnap.aq   Lat: 67º 39´ 30´´ S   Long: 46º 09´ 12´´ E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 9
Purpose: Scientific collection and investigation
Removal or Disposal: Yes
Remarks: Pursuant to the provisions of the State Program ‘Monitoring of the Earth’s Polar Areas, construction of Belarusian Antarctic Station and Promotion of Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions’ for 2016-2020
Event or Project Name/Number: Assessment of renewable living resources of the Antarctic coastal ecosystems, energy value of Antarc

Waste Management Plans Report
Waste Management Inventory of Past Activities Report
Prevention of Marine Pollution: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Prevention of Marine Pollution
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Measures)
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Permit, Visit and Activities Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Permit, Visit and Activities)
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Change or Damage Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Change or Damage)
No change or damage was observed during this reporting period.

General Report