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World Environment Day 2020

In Celebration of World Environment Day 2020 – 5 June 2020


The theme of this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June 2020 is Celebrate Biodiversity. We will be celebrating the scientific work done on the variety of plant and animal species, marine and terrestrial, within the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region over the past 55 years. It was the team members of the First Biological & Geological Expedition on Marion Island, back in 1965, who laid the foundation for the scientific work done on the Prince Edward Islands. Want to know more about this expedition? No better way than to get a copy of Exploring a Sub-Antarctic Wilderness, the personal narrative of Prof. Brian Huntley who was one of the team members of this team.

Life scientists within the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) have a long history of studying the plants and animals in the sub-Antarctic and we have evidence of that on the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Digital Archive Photo Gallery (see below images). Click here to view the current research projects within SANAP.


First Biological & Geological Expedition on Marion Island



80’s & 90’s

More recent


Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 05 June 2020


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