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2. Prospectors and the Secretary‐General shall apply a precautionary approach, as reflected in Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.  1  Prospecting shall not be undertaken if substantial evidence indicates the risk of serious harm to the marine environment.  

3. Prospecting shall not be undertaken in an area covered by an approved plan of work for exploration for cobalt crusts or in a reserved area; nor may there be prospecting in an area which the Council has disapproved for exploitation because of the risk of serious harm to the marine environment.  

4. Prospecting shall not confer on the prospector any rights with respect to resources. A prospector may, however, recover a reasonable quantity of minerals, being the quantity necessary for testing, and not for commercial use.  

5. There shall be no time limit on prospecting except that prospecting in a particular area shall cease upon written notification to the prospector by the Secretary‐General that a plan of work for exploration has been approved with regard to that area.  

6. Prospecting may be conducted simultaneously by more than one prospector in the same area or areas. 


 Regulation 3 

 Notification of prospecting 


1. A proposed prospector shall notify the Authority of its intention to engage in prospecting.  

2. Each notification of prospecting shall be in the form prescribed in annex 1 to these Regulations, addressed to the Secretary‐General, and shall conform to the requirements of these Regulations.  

3. Each notification shall be submitted: 

 (a) in the case of a State, by the authority designated for that purpose by it;  (b) in the case of an entity, by its designated representative;  (c) in the case of the Enterprise, by its competent authority.  

4. Each notification shall be in one of the languages of the Authority and shall contain: 

(a) the name, nationality and address of the proposed prospector and its designated representative; (b) the coordinates of the broad area or areas within which prospecting is to be conducted, in accordance with the most recent generally accepted international standard used by the Authority; (c) a general description of the prospecting programme, including the proposed date of commencement and its approximate duration; 

(d) a satisfactory written undertaking that the proposed prospector will: 

(i) comply with the Convention and the relevant rules, regulations and procedures of the Authority concerning: 

a. cooperation in the training programmes in connection with marine scientific research and transfer of technology referred to in articles 143 and 144 of the Convention; and 

b. protection and preservation of the marine environment; __________________ 

1.   Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3‐14 June 1992 , vol. I, Resolutions Adopted by the Conference  (United Nations publication Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigendum), resolution 1, annex I.

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