​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COMNAP Publications​

A number of guidelines are developed by COMNAP's Expert Groups and Networks with the aim of assisting National Programs implementing common procedures and practices to enhance operational effectiveness and safety. Whenever appropriate, these guidelines are forwarded to the Antarctic Treaty bodies, which may endorse them and officially recommend that all nations signatories to the Antarctic Treaty follow these guidelines.


COMNAP publishes or supports the production and distributions of a number of manuals and handbooks that provide National Programs and others with guidance in specialist fields of activity. Some of these publications may be produced by, or in conjunction with other Antarctic or International organisations.


In support of our aim to share best practice in managing support to science, COMNAP regularly convenes workshops on topical issues. Many of these workshops result in the development of 'reference' documents such as voluntary guidelines, manuals or handbooks. Some workshops produce self-contained reports or proceedings, available here. In some cases, authors of workshop presentations have agreed that their presentations can be made publicly available. Those presentations are also available here in PDF format.


Maps and Charts of the Antarctic region produced by COMNAP. For a wide range of Antarctic maps, visit the SCAR Antarctic Map Catalog at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/mapcat/. For information on navigation charts, visit the International Hydrographic Organisation's web site at http://www.iho.org.​


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of COMNAP, COMNAP published in December 2013 "A Story of Antarctic Co-operation: 25 Years of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs" by Gillian Wratt, ISBN 978-0-473-24776-8.  For information on ordering a copy of the book email: sec@comnap.aq. 

Other relevant publications

ATCM and CEP Meeting Papers & Reports

Reports of Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs) and of Meetings of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). ​


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 Upcoming Events

CEP XX (2017)
The Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) XX Meeting will be held from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May 2017 in Beijing, China.
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ATCM XL (2017)
The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) XL (2017) will be held from Tuesday 23 May to Thursday 1 June 2017 in Beijing, China.
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The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXIX (2017) will be held at the Best Western Premier Hotel International Brno, in Brno, Czech Republic, hosted by our COMNAP Members from Masaryk University.  The AGM will take place over 3 days beginning 31 July 2017 (31 July - 2 August 2017). Registration for COMNAP Members is now OPEN!
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