ISA and ICPC to Hold Second Workshop on Deep Seabed Mining and Submarine Cables

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 October 2018) - The Government of Thailand, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) will hold a second workshop on Deep Seabed Mining and Submarine Cables in Bangkok, Thailand from 29-30 October 2018.

On 10-11 March 2015, the ICPC and the ISA held a workshop on “Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining – Advancing Common Interest and Addressing UNCLOS ‘Due Regard’ Obligations” in New York City. The workshop emphasized the need to continue the cooperation and recommended that the ICPC and the Authority should organize a follow-up workshop. The workshop proceedings and recommendations are documented in the Authority’s Technical Study No. 14.

The second workshop aims to advance the dialogue, cooperation and exchange of information between contractors and cable operators with a view to enhancing a better understating of their respective activities to promote their successful coexistence in the Area and to elaborate practical ways to avoid potential mutual interferences between current and future activities.

The workshop will bring together ISA contractors, cable operators, members of the Legal and Technical Commission, sponsoring States, member States and invited experts in the law of the sea, science and ocean policy to foster exchange between cable operators and mining contractors to identify the elements of a kit of practical tools and options to coordinate activities in the Area and submarine cables.

Further details on participation at the workshop are detailed in the documents below:

•          Background Note
•          Provisional programme

 
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