COMNAP(Council of Managers of National Antarctic Program) is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty.
COMNAP’s purpose which can be found in its Constitution is to “develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica". It does this by:
Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner;
Facilitating and promoting international partnerships;
Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and
Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs' pool of expertise.