International Seabed Authority


Speaking at the August 2017 annual meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) called on state parties to open closed doors, bring transparency to the heart of its work and to put into place an Environment Committee to address the obligation of the ISA under international law to “ensure effective protection” of the marine environment in the face of increasing demand to explore the seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

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Source: The Tyee

Author: Harrison Tasoff

In the coming years, a new gold rush will begin. Deep beneath the ocean’s waves, from scalding hydrothermal vents to the frigid stretches of the abyssal plain, ocean processes have deposited vast quantities of valuable minerals on the seafloor. Now, the convergence of technological development and political will has placed this ore within reach. But like the gold rushes of old, the deep-sea-mining industry is emerging on the frontiers of society, far from legislatures and law enforcement.

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Summary of the presentation by Matthew Gianni, Co-Founder, Political and Policy Advisor, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to the workshop entitled “Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area” co-sponsored by the government of Germany and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Berlin, 20-24 March 2017.

Continue reading A civil society perspective on drafting environmental regulations for deep-sea mining

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