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“Antarctica To The Southern Alps”
Sustainability Challenges For Conservation
Leaders
Sustainable Summits Conference 2016
A...
Antarctica
Our Climate’s Engine Room
Antarctic Water Is A Major Driver Of Global
Ocean Circulation
Antarctica Surprise #1
The Ozone Hole
If the entire Antarctic ice sheet melted sea level would rise 50 – 60 meters ~5-8
meters melted 100,000 years ago
Massive ...
Antarctica Surprise #3
Massive warming in the Antarctic Peninsula and cooling in
East Antarctica?
Antarctica – Current Ice Sheet Mass Balance
Loss (1 giga ton every 2 days/1 cubic km)
Balleny Islands
It All Starts Here
• More frequent and      
stronger westerly winds
• Less mist and humidity 
Macquarie Island
The end of the Southern Alps
New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands
The Canary In The Room
Antipodes Island Storm Event 2014
Increasing Cyclones
Cyclone Ita May 2014 Great Barrier Island June
2014
Rakiura/Stewart Island
Home Of The Kākāpo
The Alpine Fault
Southern Alps Under Stress
Gardiner Hut 2014
Vanishing Ice – Franz Josef (2011 – 2016)
Tasman Glacier- 1977
(photo  by Trevor Chinn)
Tasman Glacier- 2009
(photo  by Brian Anderson, VUW)
Tasman Glacier- 2012
(photo  by Brian Anderson, VUW)
20‐30 yrs wildings will invade 5.9 million ha. (22% of NZ)
Irreversible change in NZ iconic landscapes 
Wilding Conifers
1...
Battle for our Birds
Invasive pests worse with
climate change
More frequent mega-masts
and predator irruptions
Aircraft Access Rapidly Changing
Tourism
Tourism vs Wilderness
Ngapunatoru Ice Plateau
Competing Users
Trampers And Hunters
New Zealand Alpine Huts
A Huge Asset
Outdoor Recreation Consortium
Innovation in Sustainability
New Zealand Great Walks
An International Brand Success
New Zealand Cycle Ways
A New Product Emerging
Tongariro National Park
Te Araroa
New Zealand’s 3000km Trail
Te Urewera
World Leadership In Co-Management
Mountain to Sea
Project Maunga
Restoring Mountains At Scale
Questions?
Questions?
“Antarctica To The Southern Alps”
Sustainability Challenges For Conservation
Leaders
Sustainable Summits Conference 2016
A...
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability
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Lou Sanson: Antarctica to the Southern Alps – an approach to sustainability

  1. 1. “Antarctica To The Southern Alps” Sustainability Challenges For Conservation Leaders Sustainable Summits Conference 2016 Aoraki/Mt Cook Director-General Lou Sanson
  2. 2. Antarctica Our Climate’s Engine Room
  3. 3. Antarctic Water Is A Major Driver Of Global Ocean Circulation
  4. 4. Antarctica Surprise #1 The Ozone Hole
  5. 5. If the entire Antarctic ice sheet melted sea level would rise 50 – 60 meters ~5-8 meters melted 100,000 years ago Massive decay of fringing ice shelves Antarctica Surprise #2
  6. 6. Antarctica Surprise #3 Massive warming in the Antarctic Peninsula and cooling in East Antarctica?
  7. 7. Antarctica – Current Ice Sheet Mass Balance Loss (1 giga ton every 2 days/1 cubic km)
  8. 8. Balleny Islands It All Starts Here
  9. 9. • More frequent and       stronger westerly winds • Less mist and humidity  Macquarie Island The end of the Southern Alps
  10. 10. New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands The Canary In The Room
  11. 11. Antipodes Island Storm Event 2014
  12. 12. Increasing Cyclones Cyclone Ita May 2014 Great Barrier Island June 2014
  13. 13. Rakiura/Stewart Island Home Of The Kākāpo
  14. 14. The Alpine Fault
  15. 15. Southern Alps Under Stress Gardiner Hut 2014
  16. 16. Vanishing Ice – Franz Josef (2011 – 2016)
  17. 17. Tasman Glacier- 1977 (photo  by Trevor Chinn)
  18. 18. Tasman Glacier- 2009 (photo  by Brian Anderson, VUW)
  19. 19. Tasman Glacier- 2012 (photo  by Brian Anderson, VUW)
  20. 20. 20‐30 yrs wildings will invade 5.9 million ha. (22% of NZ) Irreversible change in NZ iconic landscapes  Wilding Conifers 1.7 million hectares (6% of NZ)
  21. 21. Battle for our Birds
  22. 22. Invasive pests worse with climate change
  23. 23. More frequent mega-masts and predator irruptions
  24. 24. Aircraft Access Rapidly Changing Tourism
  25. 25. Tourism vs Wilderness Ngapunatoru Ice Plateau
  26. 26. Competing Users Trampers And Hunters
  27. 27. New Zealand Alpine Huts A Huge Asset
  28. 28. Outdoor Recreation Consortium Innovation in Sustainability
  29. 29. New Zealand Great Walks An International Brand Success
  30. 30. New Zealand Cycle Ways A New Product Emerging
  31. 31. Tongariro National Park
  32. 32. Te Araroa New Zealand’s 3000km Trail
  33. 33. Te Urewera World Leadership In Co-Management
  34. 34. Mountain to Sea
  35. 35. Project Maunga Restoring Mountains At Scale
  36. 36. Questions? Questions?
  37. 37. “Antarctica To The Southern Alps” Sustainability Challenges For Conservation Leaders Sustainable Summits Conference 2016 Aoraki/Mt Cook Director-General Lou Sanson

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