Highlights and images for 11 August 2017



On Friday, 11 August, in the morning the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) addressed the report of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), focusing on: contractors’ training programmes and annual reports, including questions on contractors’ non-compliance; the draft exploitation regulations, including questions on stakeholder inputs and a roadmap for the delivery of the regulations; the review of recommendations for the guidance of contractors’ environmental impacts assessments (EIAs), and the review of the implementation of the environmental management plan (EMP) for the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and the development of EMPs in other zones, including questions on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); implementation of the data management strategy; and matters referred to the Commission by the Council. In the afternoon, the Council considered draft decisions on financial and budgetary matters, and on future elections of LTC members.

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Participants picking up the latest session documents

L-R: Christian Reichert, Germany, LTC Chair; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; and Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session

Christian Reichert, Germany, LTC Chair

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria

René Lefeber, the Netherlands

Kenneth Wong, Canada

Frida Armas-Pfirter, Argentina

Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Arne Küper, Germany

Cecilia Jaber, Mexico

Takuya Maeba, Japan

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace

Simon Walmsley, WWF

Andrew Murdoch, UK

Conn Nugent, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jean-Michel Despax, France

Mohammed Atlassi, Morocco

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Kate Neilson, New Zealand

Delegates from Japan discussing the Report of the LTC Chair

Delegates from China review documents during the session

René Lefeber, the Netherlands, consulting with Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh (left), in a conversation with Jean-Michel Despax, France

L-R: Duncan Currie, Greenpeace; Matthew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; and Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Megan Jungwiwattanaporn, the Pew Charitable Trusts, with delegates from China

L-R: Geraldine Geddes and Ena Harvey Chen, ISA Secretariat

L-R: Mario Aurelio and Ana Marie Hernando, the Philippines

L-R: Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, and Elie Jarmache, France