KINGSTON, JAMAICA 15th June 2010 — The International Seabed Authority will be holding an International Workshop to Develop an Environmental Management Plan for the Clarion Clipperton Zone in Kingston, Jamaica, from 8-12 November, 2010. 

Consultants will create a proposal outlining an Environmental Management Plan for presentation  at the workshop. The proposal will take into consideration how the nine areas of particular environmental interest identified in documents ISBA/14/LTC/2 and ISBA/15/LTC/4 relate to areas explored by contractors and future mining activities.

The Environmental Management Plan will address the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in its entirety.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are to: 

  • Review further the proposal currently under consideration by the Legal and Technical Commission for the establishment of a network of areas of particular environmental interest in the CCZ, and identify how the establishment of such a network could contribute to the general objectives of the environmental regime established by the Authority.
  • Advise on the formulation of a regional scale environmental management plan for the CCZ, based on the best available scientific knowledge, including the conservation objectives for the CCZ and a comprehensive environmental monitoring programme.
  • Identify the data available, including that collected by existing contractors with the Authority, to support such a management plan and future scientific research needs.