Workshop: Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area

20 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2017

Berlin, Germany


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A workshop on the ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area was held in Berlin, Germany from 20-24 March 2017.

The workshop was jointly organized by the German Environment Agency (UBA) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and supported by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam e.V. (IASS).

The workshop aims to assist the Authority in developing a long-term Environmental Management Strategy for the Area.

The objective of the workshop is to help the Authority to design a strategy for environmental management of deep seabed mining and aims to deal with governance issues such as overarching principles, regional planning and adaptive management.

Participants include representatives from non-governmental organizations, scientific and legal institutions and private and public sector from Australia, Belgium,  Brazil, Cameroon, China, Cook Islands, Germany,  India, Jamaica, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway,  Poland,  Singapore,  United Kingdom and United States of America.

The outcome of the workshop should provide a first structured and interdisciplinary input on the draft Environmental Regulations taking into account the deliberations by the Legal and Technical Committee in February 2017. In general the outcome should assist the ISA to achieve its long-term environmental objectives as administrator of the common heritage of mankind.  The strategy needs to have as its objective the implementation of the environmental regulations governing exploitation.