SPC Geoscience Division

Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2009

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The first meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was held in Nadi, Fiji from 7 - 15th of May 2009. The Pacific Platform is comprised of a series of Pacific regional meetings of national focal points for disaster risk management; regional development partners and key decision makers of Pacific governments; CEOs responsible for Finance and Planning and Disaster Management.

The Pacific Platform concept has its origins in the UN Secretary-General’s? report A/60/180 which points out the intention of a strengthened UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) system to support regional networks for advocacy for disaster risk reduction and cooperation at regional and sub-regional levels in support to national initiatives and platforms.

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New laws will be required to address the challenges faced by regional countries in regulating the mining of deep seabed minerals according to Dr. Robin Warner of the Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS).

There is established deep seabed minerals law in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that relates to the “vast expanse of oceans outside of national jurisdictions of the countries often called the  “Area,” and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is regarded as a mentor for implementing international standards for the protection of the marine environment.

The Law and Policy Working Group, an integral part of the international workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals, has been looking at an appropriate framework for deep seabed mining laws within Pacific states.