JAMAICA, Kingston (11 January 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12.
The Secretariat expresses its appreciation to the following member States and other stakeholders for responding to the request for comments: Member States: Algeria (on behalf of the African Group), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea,, Singapore, South Africa, Tonga, United Kingdom. Government – Other: China Institute for Marine Affairs, EMEPC. Academic / Scientific: Benioff Ocean Initiative, Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, DOSI, IASS, MERGeR, MiningImpact Project. Contractors (ISA): IOM, TOML, GSR NV, UKSRL, COMRA, DORD, Ifremer, CMC, JOGMEC, NORI, OMS. E-NGOs: Pew Charitable Trusts, DSCC, Seas at Risk. Industry / Other Association: DNV GL AS, DSMA, International Association for Promoting Geoethics. International Organizations: International Maritime Organization. Other users of the marine environment: ICPC, L’Office des Postes et Télécommunications of French Polynesia, Southern Cross Cable Network. Private persons: Stefan Bräger, Li Yuwei, Cintia Nunes, Ian Stewart, Philomène Verlaan, Dominik Walkowski.
The submissions are currently being analysed by the Secretariat with a view to preparing a report for consideration by the Council and the Legal and Technical Commission at their forthcoming meetings in March 2018.