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Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals.

 

The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting hosted by the Government of Samoa and organised with SPC in Apia last week.

 

The virtual community of practitioners will usefully exchange practices, experiences, questions and challenges with regards to the development and implementation of their deep sea mineral policies and legislation.

 

The Director of SPC’s Geoscience Division, Professor Mike Petterson, said the initiative will enable policy officers and legislative drafters to share and discuss the future development of deep sea mineral regulatory frameworks, including the strengths and weaknesses in existing deep sea mineral policies and legislation, and to grasp whether there is a need for further development and changes.

 

 

“Additionally it will ensure that there’s a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the Pacific region as a whole, as well as the ability to identify possible areas of regional cooperation and information sharing for deep sea mineral activities,” Prof Petterson said.

 

The new virtual community will be facilitated through a blog or portal managed by SPC as part of its European Union-funded Deep Sea Minerals Project.

 

“The community of practice proposed within the project will enhance the governance of deep sea minerals in the region,” the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, said. ”It is another effort to ensure that deep sea minerals in the Pacific are managed sustainably and we are supportive of such efforts.”

 

Initiated in 2011, the project has been assisting Pacific Island countries in accessing all available information and for those who wish to engage in deep sea mineral activities, by supporting informed governance in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for the benefit of Pacific people.

 

As one of its key result areas, the project aims to assist Pacific Island countries in the formulation of national policy, legislation and regulations to ensure the responsible governance and careful management of deep sea mineral resources.

 

The workshop in Apia, Samoa, was attended by 70 participants from 13 Pacific Island countries.


 

Media contact: Marie Bourrel, SPC Deep Sea Minerals Project Legal Advisor,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  +679 324 9292

 

Photo: The Director of our Geoscience Division, Prof Mike Petterson, met with eight former interns at the Deep Sea Minerals workshop in Apia,Samoa, (from left to right: Teona Ivano [PNG], Melino Bain-Vete [Fiji], Maito’o Hauirae [Solomoni Islands]; Eric Iban [RMI]; Taaitulagi Tuioti [Samoa]; Asterio Takshi [Tuvalu]; Calvy Aonima [Solomon Islands]; Aisiena Taumoepeau [Tonga])

Useful link:  SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project:  http://gsd.spc.int/dsm

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:16  

Newsflash

12-23 July 2010

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Government of Germany for providing the resources for this Pacific regional training course co-hosted by the Government of Fiji and GFZ1 Potsdam1. SOPAC is happy to have been invited to assist with the logistical arrangements including the travel for the regional participants. I would also like to acknowledge other partners including Geoscience Australia, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences of New Zealand, and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, in Noumea.

SOPAC’s work in the region in cooperation with Germany goes back many years indeed almost to the origin of CCOP/SOPAC in 1972. Marine geophysical cruise surveys utilizing the RV Sonne are well documented throughout SOPAC history. Regrettably, this direct assistance from Germany has waned. I am hopeful that this training course will re-invigorate those historic ties.