sensitization seminar on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the work of the Authority and on marine mineral resources of the South and Equatorial Atlantic Ocean, will be convened by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the International Seabed Authority from 26 to 28 November 2008, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In addition to sensitizing participants to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the institutions created under it, the seminar will also address the current state of development of deep seabed mineral resources with a focus on the mineral resources of the South and Equatorial Atlantic Ocean.

The seminar will hear presentations by contractors with the Authority on exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area, and presentations by other experts on efforts to commercialize deep seabed marine mineral resources such as, polymetallic sulphides, cobalt-rich rich ferromanganese crusts and methane hydrates and  include presentations on Brazil’s offshore oil and gas industry.

The seminar will be held at the Hotel Pestana Rio Atlantica, located in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and its website will host realtime webcasts.

The Provisional Agenda with the list of speakers and the title of their presentations is also available.  Alternatively, for further information regarding the seminar please contact Messrs Goncalves de Souza or Vijay Kodagali at their respective addresses below:

Kaiser Gonçalves de Souza
Chief, Division of Marine Geology 
Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM)
Ministry of Mines and Energy 
Headquarters: SGAN 603, Conj. J, Parte A, 1st floor
70.830-030 – Brasília – DF, Brazil
Tel.:  + 55 61 3323-3381 or +55 61 3223-1166 
Mobile: +55 61 9658-1144 ; Fax.: +55 61 3224-0687
E-mail: Kaisers at

International Seabed Authority
Vijay Kodagali
Senior Scientific Affairs Officer (Marine Geology)
International Seabed Authority
Tel : 1876 922 9105 Ext. 249
E-mail: vkodagali at