Scientific Activities and Promotion
A principal function of the Authority is to regulate deep seabed mining and to give special emphasis to ensuring that the marine environment is protected from any harmful effects which may arise during mining activities, including exploration.
One of its first priorities was the formulation of the Regulations for Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules which includes the collaboration of the respective responsibilities of seabed explorers and the Authority in order to ensure environmentally sustainable development of seabed mineral resources.
To date, the Authority has issued Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules in the Area (adopted 13 July 2000) which was later updated and adopted 25 July 2013; the Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Sulphides in the Area (adopted 7 May 2010) and the Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Cobalt-Rich Crusts (adopted 27 July 2012).
As part of its substantive work programme, the Secretariat of the Authority also carries out detailed resource assessments of the areas reserved for the Authority; maintains a specialised Database (POLYDAT) of data and information on the resources of the international seabed area and monitors the current status of scientific knowledge of the deep sea marine environment as part of its ongoing development and formulation of the Central Data Repository.
The Authority also continues to promote and encourage:
- Marine scientific research in the international seabed Area through its Endowment Fund by supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in marine scientific research programmes and activities and by providing opportunities to these scientists to participate in relevant initiatives;
- Workshops on the scientific and technical nature of its work relating to the deep seabed mining of minerals, the environmental impacts of such exploration and how the data and information collected by the various scientific institutions can be standardized and shared with its member States;
- Regional sensitization seminars on issues associated with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the work of the Authority and on marine mineral resources to bring 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; and
- The ISA/Contractors Training programme whereby each ISA contractor is required to propose a training programme for nationals of developing states.
- Stakeholder Surveys to solicit relevant information for the development of a regulatory framework for the exploitation of minerals in the Area from members of the Authority and current and future stakeholders.
The results of all activities of the Authority are disseminated through publications of workshop Proceedings,Technical Studies, Briefing Papers and Brochures.
Technical Studies and Proceedings
Implementation of Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Technical Study No. 12 : Report of an International workshop convened by the International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the China Institute for Marine Affairs in Beijing, the People's Republic of China, 25-30 November 2012.
Towards the Development of a Regulatory Framework for Polymetallic Nodule Exploitation in the Area.
Technical Study: No. 11
Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals
Technical Study: No. 10
Environmental Management of Deep-Sea Chemosynthetic Ecosystems: Justification of and Considerations...
Technical Study: No. 9
Fauna of Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crust Seamounts
Technical Study: No. 8
Marine Benthic Nematode Molecular Protocol Handbook (Nematode Barcoding)
Technical Study: No. 7
A Geological Model of Polymetallic Nodule Deposits in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Technical Study: No. 6
Non-Living Resources of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Speculations on the Impleme...
Technical Study: No. 5
Issues associated with the Implementation of Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law...
Technical Study: No. 4
Biodiversity, Species Ranges and Gene Flow in the Abyssal Pacific Nodule Province: Predicting and Ma...
Technical Study: No. 3
Polymetallic massive sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts: status and prospects
Technical Study: No. 2
Global non-living resources on the extended continental shelf: Prospects at the year 2000
Technical Study: No. 1
Celebrating 20 years
Twenty years ago on 16 November 1994, Kingston was jubilant as it commemorated the entry into for of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("theConvention"), adopted in 1982, and consequently, the inauguration of the International Seabed Authority ("The Authority"), as the country had been chosen almost a quarter century earlier to host this unique institution. The decision concerning the seat of the Authority had been taken by an informal vote during the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea ("the Third Conference").
Towards the Development of a Regulatory Framework for Polymetallic Nodule Exploitation in the Area
Technical Studies 11 - After decades ‘on hold’, there is renewed interest in the potential for commercial exploitation of deep seabed polymetallic nodules (PN). The principal drivers of this new interest are largely the result of five factors: a) a dramatic increase in demand for metal; b) an equally dramatic rise in metal prices; c) the high profitability of mining sector companies;
Deep Sea Macrofauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone
ISA Technical Study No. 13 : Deep Sea Macrofauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone
Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining
ISA Technical Study No 14 : Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining. Advancing Common Interests and Addressing UNCLOS "Due Regard" Obligations
A Study of Key Terms in Article 82 of UNCLOS
ISA Technical Study No.15 : A Study of Key Terms in Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Environmental Assessment and Management for Exploitation of Minerals in the Area
ISA Technical Study No. 16 : Environmental Assessment and Management for Exploitation of Minerals in the Area
Report of an International Workshop convened by the Griffith University Law School in collaboration with the International Seabed Authority in Queensland, Australia, 23-26 May 2016.
Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area
ISA Technical Study No. 17: Report of an International Workshop convened by the German Environment Agency (UBA), the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), and the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Berlin, Germany, 20-24 March 2017
EcoDeep-SIP Workshop II
ISA Technical Study No:18
Dialogue on practical utility of EIA technology - Proponent, potential users, administrator and independent organization
JAMSTEC Tokyo Office, Uchisaiwaicho, Tokyo, Japan, 14-15 March 2017,
- Workshop on Minerals Other than Polymetallic Nodules Of the International Seabed Area
- Proposed Technologies for Mining Deep-Seabed Polymetallic Nodules
- Prospects for International Collaboration in Marine Environmental Research To Enhance Understandi...
- Deep-Seabed Polymetallic Nodule Exploration: Development of Environmental Guidelines
- Standardization of Environmental Data and Information - Development of Guidelines
- Establishment of a Geological Model of Polymetallic Nodule Deposits in the Clarion-Clipperton Fractu...
- Polymetallic Sulphides and Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crusts Deposits: Establishment of Environmenta...
- Mining of Cobalt Rich Ferromanganese Crusts and Polymetallic Sulphides
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Programs and Projects
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