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November 2011 Workshop

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL
MANAGEMENT NEEDS FOR EXPLORATION AND
EXPLOITATION OF DEEP SEABED MINERALS
29 November - 2 December 2011
Nadi, Fiji

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Videos: I II Working Group Reports

The International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) SOPAC Division is organising an International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals, to be held in Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011.

This initiative reflects the increasing interest and associated concerns on the potential impacts of deep sea minerals exploration and mining and how responsible authorities (i.e. governments and the ISA) will regulate this emerging economic development opportunity in a sustainable manner both within national jurisdiction and in the Area.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  1. To increase awareness of the nature of the mineral resources in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (“the Area”), and on the outer continental shelf, and the measures taken by the International Seabed Authority with regard to the protection of the marine environment from the harmful effects of deep seabed mining and the applicability of such measures to the development of marine minerals within national jurisdiction.
  2. To formulate preliminary recommendations for environmental impact assessments (EIA) of seabed mining both within and beyond national jurisdiction.

The workshop will be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort, Nadi, Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011. It will be hosted by the Fiji Government and co-organised by the International Seabed Authority and SPC/SOPAC Division.

Although neither the Authority nor SPC/SOPAC can provide financial support, anyone interested in participating in the workshop can contact Adam Cook (acook@isa.org.jm). There is also no registration fee for interested participants.

 WORKING GROUP REPORTS 

The working group discussions at the workshop resulted in each group producing a small report.  The drafts of these reports are linked below.  As discussed in Fiji, these reports will form the basis of a short technical study to be produced in 2012.  We are not opening the documents for major discussion as this was carried out during the workshop.  We also do not require comments on formatting or editing as these will be finalised when the technical study is produced.  However, if you were at the workshop and feel that there are any issues that were discussed but not reflected in the documents below please email Adam Cook (acook at isa.org.jm) as soon as possible, copying the chairs/rappporteurs of the relevant working group.  Comments submitted after 25th December 2011 will not be considered.

WG1 - EIS   |    WG2 - Legal Issues  |    WG3 - Capacity

OPENING SPEECHES  

  • Dr. Russell Howorth, Director - SOPAC Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
    Speech  | Listen

  • Honourable Minister Timoci Natuva, Minister of Works and Public Utilities, Fiji Government 
    Speech | Listen
  • H.E. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the ISA 
    Speech  | Listen

PRESENTERS  

JHein 

Jim Hein, USGS
Marine mineral resources of the Asia-Pacific region within
and beyond national jurisdiction

Abstract | Presentation |

Global marine potential for rare earth elements (REEs) and
recent developments

Abstract | Presentation |

 RBinns

Ray Binns, CSIRO
Seafloor massive sulphide (SMS) potential within and beyond
national jurisdiction in the Asia-Pacific region

Abstract | Presentation

NAO

Nii A Odunton, Secretary-General, ISA
The International Seabed Authority: Structure and functions

Abstract | Presentation

MLodge

Michael Lodge, ISA
The legal regime for the development of the mineral
resources of the Area

Abstract | Presentation

HLily

Hannah Lily, SPC
The legal regime for the development of marine mineral
resources within national jurisdiction

AbstractPresentation

 
 CMorgan

Charles Morgan, Planning Solutions Inc.,
The potential environmental impact of seabed mining

Abstract | Presentation

 RWarner

Robin Warner, The Australian National Centre for Ocean,
Resources & Security

International standards for the protection of the marine
environment

Abstract | Presentation

CFisher

Chuck Fisher, Pennsylvania State University
What baseline and monitoring data are needed for environmental
protection from marine mining in the Area?

AbstractPresentation

RHeydon

Robert Heydon, Nauru Ocean Resources Inc.
Status of technology relevant to the protection of the marine
environment

AbstractPresentation

JSteffen

Jan Steffen, IUCN/WWF
Marine conservation perspectives and concerns for deep sea mining

Abstract | Presentation

Cook

Adam Cook, ISA
The work of the Authority with respect to environmental
baselines and impact assessment

AbstractPresentation

MClark

Malcolm Clark, NIWA
Standardization of environmental data

Abstract | Presentation

  

ATawake

Akuila Tawake, SPC/SOPAC
SOPAC Deep Sea Mining Project

AbstractPresentation

NBax

Nic Bax, University of Tasmania
Outcomes of the Western South Pacific Regional Workshop
to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically
Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs)

AbstractPresentation

SSmith

Samantha Smith, Nautilus Minerals Inc.
Case study: Nautilus Minerals Inc. Solwara 1 project

Abstract | Presentation

 

 CASE STUDIES

 PTau

TONGA
Paula Taumoepeau, Manager, Tonga Nautilus

AbstractPresentation

 PLynch

COOK ISLANDS 
Paul Lynch, Adviser to the Minister of Natural Resources
and Minerals  and Seabed Mining Taskforce, Cook Islands

AbstractPresentation

 BrownK

 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Lyndah Brown-Kola, Mineral Resources Authority,
Papua New Guinea

AbstractPresentation

MFinau

FIJI
Malakai Finau, Ministry of Lands and Minerals Resources,
Government of Fiji

AbstractPresentation

 

NAURU
Bryan Starr, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment,
Government of Nauru

AbstractPresentation

Tearinaki

KIRIBATI
Tearinaki Tanielu, Minerals Unit, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine
Resources Development

Abstract Presentation

 

JAPAN
Tetsuhiko Toyohara, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National
Corporation(JOGMEC)

Abstract Presentation