GSGSSI Consultations

Current GSGSSI consultations and a list of previous consultations with outcomes.

Delivery of Protect, Sustain, Inspire – Development of Success Criteria and Milestones

(25th Oct 2021)

Protect, Sustain, Inspire provides the framework within which the Government will drive forward its policies to ensure that SGSSI continues to be an ecosystem in recovery. PSI sets out a stewardship framework for the next five years, but the values contained in that document will continue to underpin the Government’s work beyond 2025.

To meet its responsibilities to deliver PSI, the Government has set out a number of draft success criteria and milestones through which it can prioritise its work and provide clarity around the Government plans.

As with PSI, the views of those with an interest in SGSSI are a key aspect of developing Government policy. For that reason, we are inviting your views of the draft success criteria and milestones. We will consider the responses, before finalising our approach in January next year.

When commenting, it is important to note that these are high level criteria, and the milestones themselves need to be sufficiently high level to be clear and concise. The detail of the how milestones will be achieved will be a matter for detailed project planning by the Government in the future. For example, the milestone “By 2025 the monitoring and assessment requirements of GSGSSI to support the delivery of its policy outcomes will be identified and implementation underway”, is set at a level to target the delivery of those outcomes. It is not necessary to highlight what those monitoring and assessment requirements should be within the context of this consultation.

We welcome your comments. Please note that all comments received will be made public. Comments must include the name of the person commenting, organisation that person represents and an e-mail address. Thank you for your cooperation.

Download consultation paper here. [.docx]

Please complete the on-line response form here.

Amateur Radio Licences – Policy Consultation

Update 19/10/21: The consultation period has closed. We are actively considering responses and will publish consultation outcomes in due course.


The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to announce the opening of public consultation on a draft policy for amateur radio licensing.

The arrangements outlined in the policy are intended to be a temporary measure whilst a review of legislation within the territory is undertaken. The Government recognises that communications legislation is in need of further attention and improvement.

In order to chart the smoothest path from the present position (where no licences can be issued) to a position where individuals can apply for a licence, the Government has chosen to utilise an existing piece of law – The Wireless Telegraphy Ordinance Cap 78 – to provide a lawful framework for licensing. This legislation has been modified under the provisions of Section 12 of the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Order 1985, to modernise some of the outdated language and to update certain roles within Government.

A copy of the modified legislation, and a certificate of modification, is provided below for information. Please note that the Government does not intend to consult on the modified legislation, only on the accompanying policy.

The summary of the Government’s proposed policy is:

1. To delegate the administration of amateur radio licences to the Falkland Island Regulator, recognising that the Falkland Islands Government is better equipped to process applications and maintain a database of licence holders;

2. To issue amateur radio call signs with the prefix VP0, followed by an alphabetic character of either S or G. This recognises the petition of the amateur radio community on prefixes, balanced with the requirement by OFCOM for SGSSI and British Antarctic Territory to share a prefix across the 2 Territories;

3. To set a validation cycle of 5 years – in recognition of community feedback on this point; and

4. To charge a modest fee of £10 for a licence.

– Download: Telecommunications Licensing Policy – here [.pdf, 0.9mb]
– Download: Modified Wireless Telegraphy Ordinance Cap 78 [copy for consultation, original has been signed by the Commissioner] – here [.pdf, 1.1mb]

We would welcome feedback on the policy on this page, it’s provisions and content using the following online form – here

The consultation process will end at midday Falkland Islands time on Monday 18th October 2021.

Consultation Period On A New Strategic Framework


This is closed. The outcome is Protect Sustain Inspire.


Terrestrial Protected Areas Consultation

(10th August 2018) 


GSGSSI is pleased to announce the release of the second Terrestrial Protected Areas consultation and presentation of UNEP-WCMC’s final proposals. This final consultation document provides a synthesis of the feedback received from the first consultation which was held in May, and demonstrates how the feedback received from stakeholders has informed an updated portfolio of recommendations.

You can download a copy of the consultation document here [.zip, 2.1mb], or view it online here.



Grytviken Conservation Management Plan (CMP)


Note - this consultation is now closed. A summary of comments will be posted in due course.


(July 2018)

Consultation Letter on Conservation Management Plan [.pdf, 0.2mb]

Draft Conservation Management Plan [.pdf, 16mb]


Consultation on the Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery at South Georgia


Response to the Consultation (16/11/17)

Response to Consultation on Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery [.docx, 0.2mb]


Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery Consultation (September 2017)

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has consulted on changes to its toothfish licensing and management arrangements, in particular with a view to moving from a 2 to a 4-year licensing period for toothfish vessels fishing at South Georgia commencing in the 2017/18 fishing season.

The toothfish fishery is one of the highest-scoring Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries, underpinned by scientific research, ecosystem-based precautionary management, and careful monitoring and enforcement. It has developed following close collaboration between operators, scientists, NGOs and Government. The Government is proposing a number of changes to the management of the fishery in support of its fisheries objectives. Key among these is a proposal to extend the toothfish licensing period from 2 to 4 years (with a review planned after 2 years). The establishment of a 4-year licensing regime would mean a number of changes to the way in which the fishery operates including the application assessment process and the compliance and enforcement regime. Details of the proposed changes were set out in this consultation.

Consultation Letter on Longer Term Licensing [.doc, 0.1mb]

Consultation on the Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery at South Georgia [.docx, 0.1mb]

Toothfish Fishery Management Plan (draft) [.docx, 1.8mb]


Heritage Framework and Strategy


Response to the Consultation (27/12/17)

Response to Consultation on the Draft Heritage Strategy [.docx, 0.01mb]


Heritage Framework and Strategy Consultation (June - August 2017)

The Heritage Framework and Strategy has been prepared by heritage consultants Purcell. It was commissioned by the Government following the publication of its 5-year Strategy 2016-2020. The Heritage Framework and Strategy sets out a conservation philosophy and a set of conservation principles that will form the basis of future policy and decision-making on cultural heritage matters. It also sets out a draft strategy to enable the Government to meet its heritage objectives.

Included within the document are proposals for a cultural heritage management plan for Grytviken which will provide a planned and comprehensive approach to managing this important heritage site. It also proposes a system for categorising heritage assets that will assist in their relative prioritisation and appropriate management.

Consultation Letter on Heritage Strategy [.doc, 0.01mb]

Draft Heritage Framework and Strategy [.pdf, 0.7mb]


Policy on the Release and Movement of Artefacts 2017


The policy on the release of heritage artefacts from SGSSI has been developed by the Government pursuant to the GSGSSI’s 5 year strategy.  This policy has undergone a public consultation and GSGSSI has also consulted closely with the Heritage Advisory Panel (HAP) on a number of occasions throughout this process.

Policy on the Release and Movement of Artefacts. [pdf, 0.1mb]


Guidance to Help Tourism Operators Plan Medical Provision for Visits to South Georgia


Outcome - November 2016

GSGSSI is pleased to make available "Guidelines for the Provision of Medical Care in South Georgia and other Antarctic Marine Areas by Seaborne Adventure Tourism”. This document identifies the medical risks associated with visits to South Georgia and offers advice and guidance to cruise ship operators and other visitors about the provision of appropriate medical care. The guidance in this document reflects expert medical advice prepared for the GSGSSI by World Extreme Medicine following consultation with stakeholders and a medical expert peer review process.

We hope operators will welcome this guidance and we encourage them to use it to help them to ensure that their vessels have appropriate medical resources on board and ashore to care for passengers and crew during visits to South Georgia.

The guidance is not intended to be comprehensive or prescriptive, but sets out guidelines and suggestions for operators with a wider application to the tourism in the southern oceans and operators should take such further advice as they consider necessary.

We hope, that these guidelines will be of assistance and will prove to be helpful for the operators of visiting tourist vessels and private vessel owners alike.

Download here. [.pdf, 1.4mb]

Application of English Law to SGSSI





Consultation - November 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [pdf, 0.3 mb]

Consultation paper on Application. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Application of Laws Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft GSGSSI Policy on Application of Laws . [pdf, 0.1mb]

Administration of Justice and Income Tax


Outcome - August 2016.

Response in relation to Administration of Justice. [.pdf, 0.6mb]

Response in relation to Income Tax. [.pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - March 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [pdf, 0.3mb]

Consultation paper on Administration of Justice. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft Administration of Justice Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Consultation paper on Income Tax. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft Income Tax Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]



Outcome - October 2016

Response to the consultation in relation to Policing. [pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - August 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive about this consultation [.doc, 0.01mb].

Consultation paper on Policing  [.docx, 0.01mb].

Draft Police Ordinance  [.docx, 0.01mb].

Immigration and Customs


Outcome - October 2016

Response to the consultation in relation to Customs. [pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - May 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [.pdf, 0.3Mb]
Consultation paper on Immigration. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]
Draft Immigration Ordinance. [.pdf, 0.15Mb]
Consultation paper on Customs. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]
Draft Customs Ordinance. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]