Wednesday, 27 February 2019 | Kingston, Jamaica
On Wednesday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations, addressing cooperation with other relevant international organizations and further focusing on components of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, including: independent review of environmental plans and performance assessments; and an inspection mechanism.
In the breezeways, the ENB notes that delegates agreed that any future mechanism for the independent review of environmental plans should be structured to avoid conflicts of interest and ensure impartiality and transparency. An interesting exchange of ideas took place on the social necessity of deep-sea mining to allow the transition towards a carbon-free, circular economy. [Read full report]