Melanesian leaders declare a moratorium on deep sea mining in their respective jurisdictions, advocating for a Pacific-wide approach and thorough environmental scientific investigations
Pacific parliamentarians, while supporting the call by the MSG Leaders for a Pacific-wide moratorium on deep sea mining, said “as Pacific islanders it is our moral obligation to care for our Ocean”
Mining the seabed without proper regulations seems outlandish. But it could happen sooner than we think.
The treaty doesn’t have any power over mining activities overseen by the ISA because it does not apply directly to activities already regulated by existing bodies
Seabed mining is a long way from obtaining a social licence from the people most affected
Deep-sea mining could have an irreversible impact on Pacific fish stocks that will be devastating for Pacific Island communities who depend on the ocean for food and their livelihoods
‘It’s just another headache’
Palau’s president says it’s understandable why some Pacific countries would want to endorse mining ventures, “but sometimes, in the haste of making money, we could lose so much more” while calling for a halt on seabed mining until 2030
Mining deep areas of the ocean to gather rare metals for electric car batteries and other green technologies is attracting cash-strapped Pacific island governments.
Group voices representing communities in the Bismarck and Solomon seas opposed plans to restart deep-sea mining project in PNG