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JAMAICA, Kingston (February 26, 2015)  — The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the South African Government will co-host a Sensitization Seminar in Tshwane, South Africa from 17-19 March 2015.

The Seminar is titled “Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area : Challenges for Africa and Opportunities for Collaborative Research in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Atlantic Indian Ridge and the South-West Indian Ridge”.

Authority staff and experts presenting at the Seminar include Secretary-General Nii A Odunton;  Michael Lodge, the Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsellor; HE Satya Nandan, former Secretary-General of the ISA;  Vladimir Jares, Deputy Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea; Dr Kim Juniper of the University of Victoria, Canada; Dr. Georgy Cherkashov, VNIIOkeangeologia (Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean); Baidy Diene, Deputy Secretary-General, Senegal/Guinea-Bissau Management and Cooperation Agency and Dr Rahul Sharma, Senior Scientist at  National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India.

The ISA began its programme of regional sensitization seminars on issues associated with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the work of the Authority and marine mineral resources in 1997.   The seminars are aimed at bringing together experts from the international legal and scientific community with national and regional government officials, scientists, researchers and academics to discuss scientific research on marine minerals and propose mechanisms for improving regional cooperation in scientific research and marine mineral development.

The South Africa seminar is the ninth in the series of seminars convened by the Authority, and the second to be held in the Africa region. Previous seminars were held in Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, Jamaica, New York (3) and Mexico. 

Visit the Seminar page for more updates.