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SECOND MEETING OF HEADS OF GEOSCIENCES, NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA

3 - 9 NOVEMBER 2012

2nd SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting 2012 (SOPAC-2)

SPC Headquarters, Noumea

Information Circular

Provisional Agenda

Registration

Meeting Papers

Star Call for Papers for 2012

The Meeting will run for three days (Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th November) and will be preceded by the SOPAC Science Technology and Resources (STAR) Meeting and a joint meeting of STAR and the Circum Pacific Council (CPC).

 

Newsflash

Tuesday 14 October 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji: Last week in Port Vila, the Republic of Vanuatu commenced on a national consultation on a draft Deep Sea Minerals Policy. This is the first in a series of consultations to be held in every province.

Past studies in Vanuatu’s waters revealed the presence of seafloor massive sulphide deposits within its exclusive economic zone, which could contain significant quantities of copper, gold, zinc, silver and other commercially viable minerals. The presence of such minerals could present a potential economic opportunity for Vanuatu if deep sea mining activity is properly conducted and balanced with appropriate environmental, legal and financial management.

The draft Policy sets out Vanuatu’s vision and strategic goals in relation to its deep sea minerals, and will form the basis for future drafting of laws in line with the policy. The draft Policy has been prepared by the Ministry of Lands with advice from the Deep Sea Minerals (DSM) Project: a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU).

The DSM Project works to assist 15 Pacific Island countries to improve governance and management of their deep-sea mineral resources, including through the development of national policies and laws.