How can efforts to ’conserve and sustainably use the
oceans’ be so seamlessly co-opted as a cover for efforts to
promote the mining of the seabed?
Unfortunately international agencies like the UN are
masters are such deceits and have no regard for the views of
Pacific Island people who are vehemently opposed to the
exploitation of the seabed…
Pacific small island developing states capacity building
on deep seabed mining
International Seabed Mining | 7 February
The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the UN Department
of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will hold a regional
training and capacity building workshop for Pacific Small Island
Developing States (P-SIDS) on deep seabed mining in Nuku’alofa,
Kingdom of Tonga, from 12 to 14 February 2019.
The workshop is being held as part of the joint ISA-UNDESA
‘Abyssal initiative for Blue Growth,’ one of the seven
Voluntary Commitments made by ISA at the UN Ocean Conference in
2017 to advance implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
(SDG 14) to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas
and marine resources (#OceanAction16538).
High-level representatives from P-SIDS and experts in deep
seabed mining and marine science will gather at the workshop to
discuss the potential benefits [but not the potential impacts] of
increased participation of P-SIDS in deep-sea related activities,
and how to ensure that the people in the region will fully benefit
from such activities.
Held over three-days, the workshop will feature sessions on: the
status of deep seabed mining activities in the Pacific; the roles
and responsibilities of sponsoring States; the legal regime for
marine scientific research and environmental management of
resources. It is also envisaged that through this workshop, it will
be possible to identify better the specific capacity-building needs
of P-SIDS in regards to deep seabed mineral related activities.
Source: FS – Mining B.
ISA and United Nations selling experimental seabed mining to Pacific island governments