International Association of Antarctic Operators (IAATO)
As a voting Member Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions supports the mission and vision of the association.
IAATO's vision: Through self-regulation, Antarctic tourism is a sustainable, safe activity that casues no more than a minor or transitory impact on the environment and creates a corps of ambassadors for the continued protection of Antarctica.
Nearly all visitors to the Antarctic do so under the auspices of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO).
IAATO is an international member association, comprising over 110 respected companies and organizations from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
IAATO members work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts. Numerous guidelines have been adopted over the last 25 years that have proven to be successful in avoiding such impacts. Waterproof cooperates with IAATO operators and takes great pride of educating passengers on wilderness etiquette and visitor guidelines.
Become an Ambassador!
IAATO recognizes that modern climate change is a significant threat to the Antarctic environment and has established a working group to promote awareness and understanding of climate change in the Antarctic resulting from human activities worldwide, and to develop advice for IAATO members to be climate-change friendly.
Experiencing Antarctica first hand is a privilege for anyone who visits, whether a tourist, scientific researcher, travel industry professional, ship crew member or national program employee.
Having no native population, Antarctica needs ambassadors who will champion this unique environment in a global context.
We encourage you to take part and follow developments in the news and in your governments regarding the science and management of climate change, particularly as it affects Polar Regions. Learn more about climate change, its implications for the global commons and what you can do to help minimize and mitigate the changes.
The IAATO Fact Sheets (in PDF format) that can be downloaded here summarize the Antarctic Climate Change and Environment report (ACCE), produced by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (2009).