Workshop on Fostering Cooperation to Promote the Sustainable Development of Africa’s Deep Seabed Resources

Pretoria, South Africa 16-18 May 2019


The International Seabed Authority (ISA) co-hosted a second workshop in the context of the Africa’s Deep-Seabed Resources (ADSR) project, in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in Pretoria from 16 to 18 May 2019.

Held over three days, the workshop aims to foster international and regional cooperation to promote the sustainable development of Africa’s deep seabed resources in support of Africa’s Blue Economy by bringing together key stakeholders including official representatives of Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe; as well as African experts law of the sea and mining issues.  

If the primary objective is to raise awareness among African decision-makers about the importance of sustainable development activities on Africa’s continental shelf and in the adjacent international seabed area, this workshop will also provide a unique opportunity for participants to discuss capacity-building strategies that could help African States benefit fully from their Blue Economies, particularly regarding increased participation in deep-seabed exploration activities. 

This is the second ADSR workshop to be held as part of ISA’s Voluntary Commitment to ‘Foster cooperation to promote the sustainable development of Africa’s deep seabed resources in support of Africa’s Blue Economy,’ registered in partnership with the African Minerals Development Centre of the Africa Union at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction16374) and which has since received financial support from the Government of Norway.

Under the ADSR project, five workshops will be held between 2019-2020, one in each African sub-region. The first workshop was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in October 2018. 

Attendance at this workshop will be by invitation only. 

For more information about ISA’s Voluntary Commitment and the ADSR project visit: 

For enquiries, please contact:

Marie Bourrel-McKinnon, Senior Policy Officer and Special Assistant to the Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General,International Seabed Authority (


Day 1 - Session I   The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement

Presentation | Legal regime governing the exploitation of resources and preservation of the marine environment;  Mr Michael Shewchuk, Legal Officer, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS)

Presentation | The International Seabed Authority: role functions and structure; Dr Marie Bourrel-McKinnon, Senior Policy Officer- Special Assistant to the Secretary-General, ISA

Presentation | The outer limit of the continental shelf in Africa : present situation and prospects;  Dr Edwin Egede, Reader in International Law & International Relations, Cardiff University

Presentation | Content and achievements of UNCLOS and its significance for African States; Prof. Patrick Vrancken, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Presentation | The mechanism of ‘reserved areas’: overview and practical implications; Prof. Pedro Madureira, Legal and Technical Commission, ISA, Portugal

Day 1 Session II     Increased regional and international cooperation in support of the sustainable development of Africa’s Blue Economy

Presentation | Role of the mining industry to support the development of national Blue Economy : the case of South Africa; Mr Eliah Ralushai, Senior Geologist, Council for Geoscience, South Africa

Day 2 Session III  Prospection, exploration and exploitation on continental shelves and in the Area  

Presentation |  The legal framework for activities in the Area: transitioning from exploration to exploitation;  Mr Christopher Brown, Legal Expert, Consultant

Presentation | Mineral resources of the Area and current status of marine mineral technology; Mr Harald Brekke, Legal and Technical Commission, ISA, Norway

 Presentation | Role and responsibilities of sponsoring States;  Mr Yongsheng Cai, Senior Legal Officer, ISA

Presentation |  Contribution of the African Group to the development of ISA’s Mining Code; Mr Mehdi Remaoun, Coordinator of the African Group, Permanent Mission of Algeria to the International Seabed Authority

Presentation | Role of ISA in ensuring the equitable sharing of financial and other economic benefits form DSM;  Mr Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, ISA

Presentation |  Independent operation of the Enterprise : perspectives and challenges;  Dr Edwin Egede, Reader in International Law & International Relations, Cardiff University

Day 2 Session IV    Environmental Management of deep-seabed mineral resources  

Presentation |  Effective protection of the marine environment from activities in the Area;  Ms Lowri Griffiths, Head of the Maritime Policy Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Presentation |  Environmental obligations in DSM context: perspective of a contractor. Dr.Samantha Smith, Head of Sustainability & External Relations, GSR

Day 2 Session V    Management and dissemination of geological, mineral and environmental information

Presentation |  Geological, mineral and environmental data as a critical tool to inform decision-making processes, investments and governance of mineral activities in the Area;  Prof. Théophile Ndougsa Mbarga, Legal and Technical Commission, ISA, Cameroon

Presentation |  Available data and role of ISA in sharing environmental information;  Prof. Pedro Madureira, Legal and Technical Commission, ISA, Portugal

Day 3 Session VI    Enabling conditions for capacity-building opportunities for African States

Presentation |  The contribution of ISA in building the capacity of African States; Mr. Chapi Mwango, Chief, Contract Management Unit, ISA

Presentation |  Perspective of an ISA trainee; Ms Safiyya Sedick, Taxonomist, Anchor Environmental Consultants, South Africa


Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Saturday, May 18, 2019
Pretoria, South Africa