Workshop on the Development of Standards and Guidelines for the Mining Code

13 May 2019 - 15 May 2019

Conference room 1, O R Tambo Building 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria, South Africa.



The International Seabed Authority in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom is organising a multi-stakeholder workshop on the “Development of Standards and Guidelines for the mining code” on 13 to 17 May in Pretoria, South Africa.

This workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will be from 13-15 May and will feature presentations and panel discussions focused on drawing up a list of performance and procedure-related standards relevant to activities in the International Seabed Area (the Area). One of the expected outcomes of the workshop is also to establish a process for the development of standards for exploitation activities in the Area. The second part of the Workshop will be held from 16-17 May, which would be a smaller working group meeting tasked with the responsibility of drafting the report of the workshop.

The workshop promises to garner participation from a wide range of experts from Member States; Members of the Legal and Technical Commission; Contractors of the International Seabed Authority; observers from Non-Governmental organisations and Intergovernmental organisations.



Monday 13 May 2019

Presentation | Objectives and Ground Rules for the Workshop;  Yongsheng Cai, ISA Senior Legal Officer

Presentation | Regulatory framework: Where are we now? Where do we need to be? How are we going to get there? (incorporating terminology); Chris Brown, ISA Consultant

Presentation | A risk-based approach to regulating extraction activities; Becky Becky Hitchin, Offshore Industries Advice Manager, Joint Nature Conservation

Presentation | Regulator’s use of standards, guidelines and other instruments; Harald Brekke, Project Coordinator/Senior Geologist Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Presentation | Canada’s Regulation of the Extractive Industries, Kenneth Wong, Legal Officer, Continental Shelf Division (JLC), Global Affairs Canada

Presentation | Status of China’s Standards Development in the Deep-sea Field and Suggestions to the ISA on the Development of Standards and Guidelines for Activities in the Area; Chengbing Song, Director, China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Presentation | Process(es) for development: core objectives, principles & challenges; Chapi Mwango, Chief, Contract Management Unit, ISA

Presentation | The ISO: role & process for developing standards Jiabiao Li, Chairperson of ISO/TC8/SC 13 (Marine Technology)

Presentation | Perspectives on good process and lessons learned; Karsten Hagenah, Senior Project Manager, DNV GL

Presentation | Engaging industry in the standard development process Jennifer Warren, United Kingdom Seabed Resources Ltd.

Presentation | Practices and process in the IMO for guideline development; David Carlin, Science Director, CEFAS

Presentation | The relationship between standards and engineering: an engineer’s perspective; Jon Machin, Deep Green

Presentation | Science in standards development; Amber Cobley, Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative

Presentation | Considerations and perspectives from an environmental practitioner; Samantha Smith, Global Sea Mineral Resources

Presentation | Electronic compliance for critical infrastructure monitoring; Carl Van Wyk, OSIsoft

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Presentation | Pulling it all together; Duncan Currie, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Presentation | Working Group on Designing a process(es) for technical standard and guideline development

Presentation | Working Group on Designing environmental standards


Ghana |  EPA Guidelines | Flowchart of the EA Procedure

Global Sea Minerals Resources (GSR) | List of Standard Conventions | Environmental Dredging Guidelines

Italy | Gap Analysis | Decommissioning Guidelines Oil & Gas | ISO Standards | List

New Zealand | AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 | IEC/ISO 31010 | EIA Guidelines 2017

PEW | References for ISA Standards and Guidelines