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The ISA’s Biggest Issue of 2018

As we move into the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 24th annual meeting (part 1), DSM Observer caught up with some of the seabed mining community’s key actors to ask them a single question, “What is the biggest single issue facing the ISA this year?” The respondents, representing a range of stakeholder groups, include an ISA […]

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Joshua Tuhumwire

Views from Africa: An with Interview with Uganda’s Joshua Tuhumwire

With over 30 years of service to the Ugandan Department of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM), including the role of Commissioner from 2001-2010, geologist Joshua T. Tuhumwire brings a wealth of mineral and mining experience into his current role as the permanent representative of Uganda to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and a member of […]

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deep blue sea mining

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

CHARLES GODDARD on THE ECONOMIST – THE WORLD IN 2018 | Dec 2017 “No one imagined deep-sea mining would be easy. But the coming year will help shape the nascent industry even before any mining begins. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), the UN body overseeing mining in international waters (roughly 65% of the ocean), aims […]

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Paul Lynch

Deep Sea Mining from a Pacific Island State Perspective: An Interview with Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Commissioner Paul Lynch

Since August 2012, Paul Lynch has led the Cook Islands’ Seabed Minerals Authority, which oversees development of the islands’ national seabed mineral resource. A lawyer with over 25 years of wide and varied legal experience in the private sector, Commissioner Lynch is shaping deep sea mining as an industry, both in the Cook Islands and […]

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cobalt

Cobalt on the Rise

Interest in deep sea mining has been accelerating due to the rising price of cobalt. The metal is an important component of EV batteries, laptops and cell phones. In October 2017, cobalt prices reached a nine-year high, trading at around US$30 per pound, tripling its 2015 value of US$10.   The rise is not only seen […]

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ISA Secretariat Japan Presents Credentials

Update on ISA Secretariat Activities

During October-November 2017, Secretary-General Michael Lodge and his staff at the ISA Secretariat have been busy advancing and promoting the work of the ISA.   Noteworthy milestones include: 15 October 2017. An ISA delegation led by Secretary-General Lodge visited Poland for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister of Environment Mariusz Orion […]

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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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