ISA celebrates World Oceans Day

8 Jun 2022


Join us for this year’s UN World Oceans Day event organized by the International Seabed Authority to celebrate deep-sea exploration and the benefits it brings to humankind.

In collaboration with:

8:00-8:05 Opening remarks | On World Oceans Day 2022 ISA celebrates deep-sea exploration for the benefit of humankind
H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority
8:05-9:00 Video | Wonders of the deep
Dive into the deep sea with this immersive video made of incredible footage captured by ISA contractors during their exploration of the Area
9:00-10.00 Webinar | GSR’s Patania II trial: leveraging independent international scientific engagement towards the responsible management of deep seabed resources

In 2021, ISA contractor GSR conducted a seafloor mining trial in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone at 4500 m depth. GSR collaborated with BGR and the MiningImpact2 project to ensure independent monitoring of the trial by an international team of scientists. This joint effort is resulting in an unprecedented amount of data and insight to inform the responsible management of seabed resources, including baseline studies, impact assessment and effect predictions, engineering design and environmental monitoring. 

With the participation of:

  • Dr. Samantha Smith, GSR
  • Dr. Annemiek Vink, BGR
  • Prof. Ann Vanruesel, Mining Impact2 project

Followed by interactive discussions

10:00-12:00 Webinar | AREA2030: advancing high-resolution mapping of the international seabed area for the benefit of humankind

ISA presents its new initiative AREA2030, which aims at advancing the high-resolution mapping of the international seabed area (the “Area”) to expand knowledge of the deep sea and its environment and inform decision-making processes. AREA2030 is a collective contribution in support of the effective implementation of UNCLOS, the 2030 Agenda and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Remarks by:

  • H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority
  • H.E.  Mr. Mathias Jonas, Secretary-General of the International Hydrographic Organization

With the participation of the Government of Mauritius, BGR, FUGRO, GSR, INFOMAR, JOGMEC and HafenCity University of Hamburg

12:00-12:25 Announcing the winners of the ISA 2022 art competition “Exploring the deep sea”
Discover the winners of ISA’s art competition on the theme of “Deep-sea exploration” in two categories: international (over 16 years old) and local (school children under 16 in Kingston)
12:25-12:30 Closing