In 2007, ISA began a new 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 on marine mineral resources.
The Seminars were 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.
Topics to be covered at the March 2015 Sensitization Seminar in South Africa include the role and functions of the Authority, the status of the legal framework for activities in the Area, mineral resources in the Area, prospects for the development of polymetallic sulphides in the ridges of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Authority’s Endowment Fund, exploration activities in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, environmental perspectives on marine mining in the South African region and protection and preservation of the marine environment from activities in the Area.
Address by Mr. Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
- Session 1 The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Implementation Agreement for Part XI
Presentation The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea [Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel, International Seabed Authority]
- Session 2 Other Institutions created by the Convention
Presentation The Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea / UNOLA [ Vladimir Jares, Deputy Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations ]
Presentation The Commission on the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf [ Vladimir Jares, Deputy Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations ]
- Session 3 The Work of the International Seabed Authority
Presentation Deep Seabed Mining : the Regulatory Regime [ Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel, International Seabed Authority ]
Presentation Mineral Resources of the Area (with an emphasis on the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge and South Indian Ridge : Types, distribution and the role of marine scientific research in their discovery [ Pratima Jauhari, Senior Scientific Officer, International Seabed Authority ]
Presentation Prospects for the development of polymetallic sulphides in the ridges of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans [ Georgy Cherkashov, VNIIOkeangeologia, Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean, Russia ]
Presentation Exploration Activities for Polymetallic Nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the North Pacific Ocean [ Sandor Mulsow, Head of the Office of Resources and Environmental Monitoring, International Seabed Authority ]
Presentation Activities, Equipment and Capacities Required for the Conduct of Exploration in the Area [ Georgy Cherkashov, VNIIOkeangeologia, Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean, Russia ]
Presentation Protection and preservation of the marine environment from activities in the Area: Considerations in respect of polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulphides and ferromanganese cobalt‐rich crusts [ S. Kim Juniper, BC Leadership Chair in Ocean Ecosystems and Global Change, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, and Department of Biology, University of Victoria ]
Presentation Promotion and encouragement of marine scientific research in the Area – The Authority’s Endowment Fund [ Yongsheng Cai, Legal Officer, International Seabed Authority ]
Presentation The Role of the Enterprise as a mechanism for the participation of developing States in activities in the Area, and the possible benefits to be derived from developing States sponsorship of exploration [ Baïdy Diène, Deputy Secretary‐General, The Senegal/Guinea‐Bissau, Management and Cooperation Agency, Senegal ]
Presentation Development of National Capacities for Seabed Mineral Development - the Indian Experience [ Rahul Sharma, Senior Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India ]
- Session 4 Participation of the States in the region in activities in the Area
Presentation Environmental Perspectives on Marine Mining in the Southern African Region [ Kerry Sink and Kirsty McQuaid et al; South African Biodiversity Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation ]
Presentation The ISA Mining Code and Seabed Mining within the Exclusive Economic Zones: A Governance Agenda for African Littoral States [ Alex Benkenstein, Programme Manager, Governance of Africa's Resources Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) ]
Presentation Recommendations for an Offshore Mapping Programme for the South African Continental Shelf [ Hayley Cawthra and Michael MacHutchon, Marine Geosciences Unit, South African Council for Geosciences ]