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The central topics of ATCM discussions were the international collaboration in scientific and operational matters, exchange of information, hydrography in Antarctic waters, air traffic safety in Antarctica, science plans and impacts of climate change.

The ATCM discussions focused also on Antarctic tourism and non-governmental activities. Enhanced cooperation among competent national authorities and the importance of knowledge and assessment of impacts of tourism and non-governmental activities in Antarctica was stressed. Extreme and novel activities in Antarctica remain a concern of the Parties.

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Antarctic tourism was also dealt with by the CEP, as well as the conservation of fauna and flora, climate change implications for the environment and environmental impact assessment. Mitigating microplastic pollution in Antarctica was a particular point of attention.

Parties expressed their gratitude to the Czech government and their appreciation for the excellent facilities provided for the Meeting.