Pacific: International Seabed Authority attracts criticisms over alleged links to mining companies
In a new report by NGO Deep Sea Mining Campaign, the UN-affiliated International Seabed Authority has been accused of getting in bed with sea bed mining companies. The Campaign's co-ordinator said companies lining up to mine the seabed are being aided and abetted by the organisations that should be policing the activity. The head of the ISA appeared in advertising for one miner.
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Author: Radio New Zealand
18 July 2019
The International Seabed Authority, the UN affiliated body set-up to organise, regulate and control all mineral-related activities in international waters, has been accused of getting in bed with sea bed mining companies.
In a new report, called Why the Rush?, the NGO Deep Sea Mining Campaign is calling for a 20 year moratorium on ocean floor mining, saying not enough is known about its effects.
The Campaign's co-ordinator, Helen Rosenbaum, said companies lining up to mine the seabed are being aided and abetted by the organisations that should be policing the activity.
...The International Seabed Authority has not so far responded to the criticisms from the campaign but it did file a response...after Greenpeace put out a similar condemnation.
The ISA said the Greenpeace report misrepresented the Authority's role.
The Authority said the legal regime to regulate prospecting, exploration and future exploitation of deep-sea minerals was being developed in a transparent public forum of consensus-building by the international community and in compliance with international law.
"It is anchored in the driving principle that the proceeds of deep-seabed mining will be shared on a basis of equity, in a transparent manner, and for the benefit of mankind as a whole.
"There is no other comparable regime that places protection of the environment and benefit to humanity at the front and centre of its mandate."
Author: Mining Watch Canada, Deep Sea Mining Campaign, & London Mining Network
...The development of seabed mining regulations, at both Pacific regional and international levels is occurring in haste in the absence of meaningful public debate and with little consideration of the precautionary principle and the free, prior and informed consent of the Pacific island citizens who would be adversely affected by this unprecedented industry.
The processes surrounding the seabed mining regulations appear to be pushed along by would-be DSM companies and skewed towards their interests.
...In recognition of this, civil society, NGOs, fisheries, tourism operators, scientists and governmental bodies around the world are calling for a moratorium on deep sea mining...