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: bit.ly/OceanAction16374
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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