Tarawa, Kiribati | 12-13 August 2019
In February 2019, the Pacific Regional Training and Capacity-Building workshop was held in Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. Organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) with the support of the Kingdom of Tonga. This workshop had two objectives.
First, to enable participants to deliberate and agree on how participation of P-SIDS could be increased in activities undertaken in the Area and accordingly, to identify what would be necessary to ensure that they fully benefit from such activities.
Second, to clearly identify the main capacity-building needs of Pacific Sponsoring States (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga) that are necessary if they want to take full benefit of their participation in activities in the Area with a view to achieving their Blue Economy objectives.
The workshop participants adopted an Outcome document and identified specific capacity-building needs to address gaps and challenges in sponsoring States in the field of marine scientific research. This cover areas of data collection and management, and baseline studies covering a range of physical, oceanographic, biological and existing activities aspects to inform environmental risk and impact assessment, and monitoring and conservation planning.
This workshop in Kiribati is intended to build on this, and develop more specific plans to enhance capacity in MSR.
OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP
The Regional Training and Capacity Building Workshop on “marine scientific research” held in Tarawa, Kiribati, aimed at bringing two representatives from each P-SIDS sponsoring State. It was anticipated that the workshop would enable participants to gain better understanding of the critical elements relating to the conduct of marine scientific research and how the results of such research can effectively benefit sponsoring States. Additionally, workshop would provide opportunities to further discuss how Sponsoring States can leverage their relationship with contractors to increase their participation in activities in the area (non-monetary benefits) including to support their national objectives.
Presentation | Legal Regime Governing the Conduct of MSR in the Area; Marie Bourrel-McKinnon, ISA Secretariat
Presentation | Obligations of a Contractor under the Exploration Contract; Yongsheng Cai, ISA Secretariat
Presentation | Exploration and Environmental Programme Update; Corey McLachlan, DeepGreen
Presentation | Exploration overview in the Area: GSR's perspective; Céline Taymans, Global Sea Mineral Resources
Presentation | ISA Data: what is needed for the DeepData database; Malcolm Clark, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Taihoro Nukurangi
Presentation | Environmental dta: What MSR is needed and why?; Malcolm Clark, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Taihoro Nukurangi
Presentation | Where should metals for the green transition come from? Greg Stone, DeepGreen
Presentation | New approaches to Deep-sea Minerals Exploration : Data acquisition, assimilation and interpretations; Sara Howarth, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Presentation | Data collection and interpretation: GSR's perspective; Céline Taymans, Global Sea Mineral Resources