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Chronology of the development of the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration  

for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt‐rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area 


Year Event Reference 

1998 The Russian Federation requests the Authority to develop regulations 

on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt‐ rich ferromanganese crusts. 


2000 The Authority convenes an international scientific workshop on the 

status and prospects for seabed minerals other than polymetallic nodules. 

Kingston 26‐30 June 2000 

2001 Following the adoption in 2000 of the regulations on prospecting and 

exploration for polymetallic nodules, the Secretariat presents a report to the Council on considerations relating to the regulation of prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt‐rich ferromanganese crusts, including a summary of the outcomes of the 2000 workshop and draft model clauses. 


 The Council decides to continue its consideration of the issues at the 

next session and requests the Secretariat to provide additional background information. It also decides that the Legal and Technical Commission should commence consideration of the regulations. 


2002 A one‐day technical seminar is held during the eighth session of the 

Council to provide members of the Council with additional information about polymetallic sulphides and cobalt‐rich ferromanganese crusts and the marine environment in which they occur. 

ISBA/8/A/1 and Corr.1 ISBA/8/C/7 

 The Legal and Technical Commission begins consideration of the issues 

associated with the proposed regulations. 


2003 The Legal and Technical Commission meets for two weeks. During the 

first week, it breaks into informal working groups for detailed consideration of specific technical issues. The Secretariat is asked to prepare a consolidated draft of the regulations, taking into account the discussions from 2002 and 2003. 

ISBA/9/LTC/5 and ISBA/9/C/4 

2004 The Legal and Technical Commission completes its work on the draft 

regulations covering both resources and submits the outcome of its work to the Council. The Council has insufficient time for a detailed review of the draft. 

ISBA/10/LTC/WP.1 ISBA/10/C/WP.1 ISBA/10/C/10 

2005 The Council undertakes a first reading of the draft prepared by the 

Legal and Technical Commission. It identifies substantive issues for further consideration and requests the Secretariat to prepare a revised text incorporating minor revisions arising from the first reading. 

ISBA/10/C/WP.1/Rev.1 ISBA/11/C/5 (explanatory notes) 

2006 (March) The Authority convenes an international scientific workshop 

on cobalt‐rich crusts and the diversity and distribution patterns of seamount fauna. 

Kingston 26‐31 March 2006

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