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provided by the contractors in spite of numerous requests from both the Commission and the Secretary‐General. In view of the completion next year, for most of the contractors, of the second 5‐year period of the 15‐year contract for exploration, the Commission requested the secretariat to prepare for its next session a detailed analysis of the exploration and environmental work carried out by the contractors to date. 

  

II. COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME BY THE FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR 

GEOSCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF GERMANY 

  

8. The Commission received a report from the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) of Germany with respect to the completion of its training programme under Schedule 3 of its contract for exploration (ISBA/16/LTC/5). The Commission took note of the report and expressed its satisfaction with the training programme, which completes the training obligations of BGR under the contract. 

  

III. REVIEW OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GUIDANCE OF CONTRACTORS FOR THE 

ASSESSMENT OF THE POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ARISING FROM 

EXPLORATION FOR POLYMETALLIC NODULES IN THE AREA ISSUED UNDER REGULATION 31 OF THE REGULATIONS 

  

9. In 2008, the Commission had decided that it was necessary, in light of scientific progress, to review the Recommendations for the guidance of contractors for the assessment of the possible environmental impacts arising from exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area issued in 2001 (ISBA/7/LTC/Rev.1**). In 2009, the Commission had reviewed a tabular comparison of the 2001 recommendations and the 2001 and 2004 environmental workshops. The Commission agreed to include a standard sampling protocol and a storage protocol for archiving data in the recommendations in order to enable a comparison of the environmental data collected by the contractors. However, the Commission did not have enough time to complete the revision in 2009 and therefore tasked a subgroup, with the assistance of the secretariat, to continue the work intersessionally.  

10. In 2010, the Commission resumed its revision of the environmental recommendations on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat that included the comments and proposals of the subgroup (ISBA/16/LTC/CRP.1). To assist its work, the Commission was also provided with a preliminary summary and analysis of the environmental work carried out by contractors to date (ISBA/16/LTC/4), which compared the environmental work by the contractors as reported in 2009 with the environmental recommendations that the Commission had issued in 2001.  

11. After discussion of the draft document, the Commission adopted, on 27 April 2010, the Recommendations as contained in document ISBA/16/LTC/7, on the understanding that the annexes to that document, which the Commission did not have sufficient time to consider fully, would remain provisional until the Commission was able to examine them in further detail at the next meeting in 2011. 

  

IV. OUTCOMES AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROJECT TO ESTABLISH A GEOLOGICAL 

MODEL FOR POLYMETALLIC NODULE DEPOSITS IN THE CLARION‐CLIPPERTON ZONE 

  

12. Under this item, the Commission was informed that the project to establish a geological model for polymetallic nodule deposits in the Clarion‐Clipperton Zone had been concluded with a workshop held from 14 to 17 December 2009 in Kingston. Experts, some members of the Commission, representatives of some contractors and some member States attended that workshop. The Commission received a presentation of the outcomes of the project, consisting of the Geological Model and the Prospector’s Guide, and of the recommendations adopted during the workshop in December 2009. The Commission was also provided with a summary report and recommendations of the workshop in document ISBA/16/LTC/3, and a more detailed analysis of the Prospector’s Guide and Geological Model in document ISBA/16/LTC/CRP.3.

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