17 December 2013

Regional cooperation can help Pacific countries deal with deep sea mining

The proposed establishment of a regional supervisory body for deep sea mining in the Pacific region and emphasis on the value of marine spatial planning formed part of discussions at the 4th Regional Training Workshop: Environmental Perspectives of Deep Sea Mineral Activities in Nadi, Fiji.

Working groups began planning strategies on building regional cooperation, increasing awareness of marine spatial planning and creating environmental impact assessment (EIA) templates for deep sea mineral mining.

The template documents could be tailored by individual countries to determine the impact of planned mining activities in each area.