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ISA Ocean Governance

New Era for the ISA?

The 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority – and the first Annual Session under new Secretary General Michael Lodge – convened 31 July 2017 at the ISA headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica. By the time of the final gavel on 18 August, the ISA had made a series of decisions with major implications both […]

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Open Ocean Treaty

UN Committee Recommends Intergovernmental Conference to Negotiate Open Ocean Treaty

On Friday, July 21st, a U.N Preparatory Committee on high seas biodiversity agreed on a recommendation to the U.N. General Assembly to advance an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) to negotiate a potential Open Ocean Treaty for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems beyond national jurisdiction. Unlike the seabed beyond national jurisdiction, which has had a legal […]

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Mining Code

A Glance at the Mining Code

As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) gets ready to begin its 23rd Annual Meeting this August in Kingston, it’s a noteworthy reflection point to consider the progressing state of the “Mining Code”.  “Mining Code” is the term used by the ISA to describe the entire body of rules, regulations and procedures that will regulate prospecting, […]

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financial regulations

The Rising Profile of ISA Financial Regulations

The development of Financial Regulations to address the benefit sharing aspects of the Mining Code has recently moved to the forefront of ISA business.  Per International Seabed Authority (ISA) Assembly agreement, the whole of the Mining Code cannot go into force without a financial regime in place.  In short, this means mining operations cannot begin […]

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Deep Seabed Mining

The International Seabed Authority and Deep Seabed Mining

MICHAEL LODGE in UN CHRONICLE | May 2017 “The deep ocean below 200 metres is the largest habitat for life on Earth and the most difficult to access. The sea floor, just like the terrestrial environment, is made up of mountain ranges, plateaus, volcanic peaks, canyons and vast abyssal plains. It contains most of the […]

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