Highlights and images for 6 March 2018



On Tuesday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) began consideration of draft regulations on exploitation of deep seabed minerals, in an informal format with a view to facilitating a frank discussion and conveying the outcome as a Council President’s summary to the ISA Legal and Technical Commission.

Delegations exchanged general views on the draft regulations and on a briefing note on stakeholders’ submissions on the regulations, with a focus on: the pathway from exploration to exploitation and beyond, and on the payment mechanism.

Discussions focused on:

  • the process to discuss and further develop the draft regulations;
  • the relevance of the regulations for sustainable development and environmental protection;
  • what, how, when and whom the Authority will regulate; and
  • an independent financial model.

For more about the day’s events, read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin daily report.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 1st Part of the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority. The summary and analysis is now available in HTML and PDF.

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L-R: Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, ISA Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Olav Myklebust, Norway, Council President for the 24th Session; and Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat

Olav Myklebust, Norway, Council President for the 24th Session

Chris Brown, Legal Officer, ISA Secretariat

Jean-Michel Despax, France

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Gaia Puleston, Australia

Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco

Tommo Monthe, Cameroon

Vijay Kumar, India

Tomasz Abramowski, Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM)

Karen Tan, Singapore

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Ernesto Malda, Mexico

Daniele Bosio, Italy

L-R: South African delegates Thembile Joyini and Philip Riley

Richard Roth, MIT

Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil

Qinghu Feng, China

Kathy Ann Brown, Jamaica

Kent Bressie, International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC)

L-R: Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, ISA Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; and Rodrigo de Oliveira Castro, Brazil

Fish carvings around the ISA


Negotiating blocs
African Group