JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2018) – – The International Seabed Authority will be hosting a workshop on the Development of a Framework for Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) for Polymetallic Sulphide Deposits in Mid-Ocean Ridges at the University of Szczecin-Geocentrum, in Szczecin, Poland, from 27-29 June 2018.

This workshop follows discussions during the first part of the 24th Session meetings in March 2018 where the Council of the Authority took note of the preliminary strategy for the development of REMPs for key provinces where exploration activities under contracts were being carried out (ISBA/24/C/3) and agreed with the priority areas in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that had been identified on a preliminary basis.

The Council noted that the preliminary strategy laid out a coherent and coordinated approach to the process.  The Council also considered as essential, that inter alia, plans be developed in a transparent manner under the auspices of the Authority, in the light of its jurisdiction under the Convention and the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the Convention (ISBA/24/C/8, para.10).

In this context, the Authority is inviting stakeholders and in particular, contractors holding polymetallic sulphides exploration contracts to participate in the workshop.

With a limited number of available places, interested persons are required to register and submit a letter of interest to the Authority by 20 May 2018.

 For further information, please contact: Dr. Sandor Mulsow ( ) and/or Shanique Gregory on ( ).

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