17
Feb
2020

DSCC Briefing 26th ISA February Council Meeting | February 17

DSCC Submission on March 22, 2019 Version of Draft ISA Exploitation

DSCC Briefing on Liability Issues for Seabed Mining

 

DSCC Interventions

On Agenda item 11: Implementation of the decision of the Council in 2019 relating to the reports of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (ISBA/26/C/3)

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On Agenda item: Financial Model, Report by the Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group | February 18

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On Agenda item 12: Regional Environment Management Plans | February 19

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On Agenda item 12: Draft regulations 44-48 | February 20

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On Draft decision of the Council concerning a standardized approach for the development, approval and review of regional environmental management plans in the Area (ISBA/26/C/CRP.4) | February 20

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations 49-56 | February 21

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations Parts V-VI | February 21

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations Annex IV and VII | February 21

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3
Feb
2020

On February 3, 2020, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition issued a memo to over 100 Permanent Missions to the United Nations and related organizations in New York. The memo refers to a workshop entitled “To explore the Case for Sourcing Battery Metals from Ocean Nodules and Nori’s Program to Assess Environmental and Social Impacts” scheduled for 5-6 February 2020 in San Diego and organized by speculative deep-sea mining companies DeepGreen and NORI.

In a rush to move this industry forward, proponents such as the workshop organizers have positioned the discussion around the questions of “when and how”, rather than the more fundamental question of “if” deep-sea mining should ever be permitted, and under what circumstances.  Individuals and organizations around the world are increasingly calling for a moratorium on deep-sea mining out of concern for the damage it would cause to the fragile and yet-undiscovered ecosystems and species of the deep, and in the context of the urgent need to leave behind the extractive economic model in favour of a transformational approach that respects our planetary boundaries.

In this memo, we have compiled at a topline level some of the key arguments against the need for deep-sea mining.

Read the memo here (PDF).

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26
Jul
2019

DSCC Briefing on International Seabed Authority Draft Exploitation Regulations for Deep Seabed Mining – Duncan E J Currie | June 19

Analysis of Draft International Seabed Authority Exploitation Regulations – Duncan E J Currie | June 19

DSCC Briefing on ISA Observer Status | July 10

  • The DSCC submitted this briefing which contains response to and concerns around proposed on observer status at the International Seabed Authority.
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DSCC Interventions

July 15 – Item 10 Report of Implementation of 2018 Decision of Council on Reports of LTC Chair

July 15 – Report of Financial Workshop 

July 15 – Draft Regulations Part 1

July 17 – Item 11: Draft Regulations

July 17 – Draft Regulations Part IV

July 22 – Item 6: Observer guidelines

July 23 – Item 9: Secretary-General report

July 24 – Item 10: High Level Action Plan

July 26 – Item 6: Observer guidelines

July 26 – Item 11: Commemoration of ISA’s 25th anniversary

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27
Feb
2019

  • The Review of Environment Impact Assessments Under the Exploration Regulations: A cautionary tale – by Matthew Gianni co-founder, political and policy advisor for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.

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  • Environment Impact Assessments: International Seabed Authority 25th Annual Session – by Duncan Currie LL.B (Hons.) LL.M., Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

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To read the interventions delivered by DSCC during the 25th Annual Session of the ISA, click here.

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25
Feb
2019

Financial Working Group

DSCC intervention to ad hoc working group on financial mechanisms – 21 February 2019

Annual Session

DSCC first intervention Day 1 on financial matters – 25 February 2019
Agenda item: 11: Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the area – Financial model

DSCC second intervention Day 1 on the Warsaw statement – 25 February 2019
Agenda item 10: Report on the Implementation of the 2018 Decision of the Council on the Reports of the Chairman of the LTC

DSCC third intervention Day 1 on Standards and Guidelines – 25 February 2019
Agenda item 11:Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area – Standards and Guidelines

DSCC first intervention Day 2 on decision-making – 26 February 2019
Agenda item 11:Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area – Decision-Making

DSCC second intervention Day 2 on Regional Environmental Management Plans – 26 February 2019
Agenda item 11:Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area – Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs)

DSCC third intervention Day 2 on the Precautionary Approach – 26 February 2019
Agenda item 11:Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area – Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) – Precautionary Approach/Principle

DSCC first intervention Day 3 on the independent assessment of environmental plans – 27 February 2019
Agenda item: 11: Draft Regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the area – Independent Assessment of Environmental Plans

The DSCC also held a side event as part of the Annual Session on February 27th, 2019. You can view the presentations made by DSCC representatives at this event here.

 

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26
Nov
2018

Source: ECO (CBD Alliance)
Authors: Matthew Gianni (Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) & Helena Paul (EcoNexus)

The deep-sea has been described by the United Nations First World Ocean Assessment, published in 2016, as a vast realm which “constitutes the largest source of species and ecosystem diversity on Earth” and that the diversity of organisms in the deep sea supports ecosystem processes necessary for the Earth’s natural systems to function.

Continue reading Deep-Sea Mining and Biodiversity Loss

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