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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.
Potential impacts of exploitation actvities on the marine environment | Boe&us1, M Haeckel2 , K Hamann, F Janssen and the JPIO project team | 1 Joint Research Group on Deep-Sea Ecology & Technology MPI Bremen, AWI Bremerhaven, DE | 2 GEOMAR | Kiel, DE
Additional comments on the Gap Analysis of the draft ISA Environmental Regulations | David Billett Deep Seas Environmental Solutions Ltd.
The role of and developing “Environmental standards” in the Area | Chris Brown and Samantha Smith
Environmental Standards - a first attempt to outline the need | Sabine Christiansen, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam
Project-level Environmental Impact Assessment | Malcolm Clark, NIWA
Risk management standards for regulatory frameworks and the ecosystem approach | Roland Cormier, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthact Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
Adaptive Management | Dr A Neil Craik, University of Waterloo
Critical Statements on Content and Structure | Duncan Currie,
Deep sea mining in the context of the SDG | Ann Dom, Seas At Risk
A civil society perspective on drafting environmental regulations for deep-sea mining | Mathew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, Netherlands
Critical Statement of the German Environment Agency | Dr Harald Ginzky,German Environment Agency, Section II 2.1 "General Aspects of Water and Soil "
Pilot Mining Tests: Legal and Regulatory Issues | Katherine Houghton, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
An Environmental Strategy? | Aline Jaeckel, Macquarie University, Australia
Overarching issues around regional governance of deep-sea mining | Daniel Jones, National Oceanography Centre | Phil Weaver, Seascape Consultants
Spatial Management Approaches | Daniel Jones, National Oceanography Centre | Phil Weaver, Seascape Consultants
Significant, Serious and Sobering: Defining Serious Harm and Harmful Effects from Seabed Mining | Lisa A. Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative
Activities in the Area and the role of sponsoring states: An institutional perspective | Pradeep Arjan Singh, International Research Training Group, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), University of Bremen
"Five Critical Statements" - A Very Personal View – and NOT by LTC | Christian Reichert
Substantive criteria as preconditions for the approval of exploitation activity | Professor Robin Warner, Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Australia
Regional Governance and the CCZ EMP | Phil Weaver
Adaptive Management: with a strict approach and a broader concept | Xue Guifang (Julia), Chair Professor, KoGuan Law School, Director, Center for Rule of Ocean Law Studies, Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Chinese Legislation on the Role and Function of Sponsoring State | Xuewei Xu, Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), State Oceanic Administration (SOA)