Second Part of ISA-25 opens at ISA Headquarters in Kingston
On Monday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened for the second part of the 25th annual session in Kingston, Jamaica.
Throughout the day, the Council addressed organizational matters; discussed national legislation with respect to activities in the Area; and heard the report on the implementation of the 2018 Council Decision relating to the summary report of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) Chair. The Council also started its consideration of components of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, focusing on the financial model and the outcomes of the relevant Working Group, held prior to the Council’s opening.
Highlights of the day include the:
election of Erasmo Alonso Lara Cabrera (Mexico) to replace Alonso Francisco Martinez Ruiz (Mexico) on the LTC until 2021;
approval of an application for a plan of work for exploration of polymetallic nodules by the Beijing Pioneer Hi-Tech Development Corporation, sponsored by China, in the western Pacific Ocean;
announcement of several workshops planned to facilitate the development and review of regional environmental management plans; and
discussion on the outcomes of the second meeting of the Working Group’s on the financial model, including options for the payment mechanism and two related submissions by the African Group.
Two side events took place during the day: one organized by the Authority on coherent, inter-disciplinary, and adaptive approaches for the development of regional environmental management plans (REMPs) in the Area; and the other organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat on perspectives on liability rules and procedures for harm arising from activities in the Area.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 2nd Part of ISA-25. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis from the meeting, which is now available in HTML and PDF.
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