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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

Deep-sea Mining

As bad as land mining,
say lawyers

Environmental and legal groups warn of potential huge effects from deep-sea mining on indigenous people and the environment. The ‘new global gold rush’ over deep-sea mining holds the same potential pitfalls as previous resource scrambles, with environmental and social impacts ignored and the rights of indigenous people marginalized, a paper in the Harvard Environmental Law Review has warned.

A framework for deep-sea mining – where polymetallic nodules or hydrothermal vents are mined by machine – was first articulated in the 1960s, on an idea that the seabed floor beyond national jurisdiction was a ‘common heritage of mankind’. But exploration has gathered momentum in the past three years, with licences granted off Papua New Guinea’s coastlines, and successful mining off Japan late last year. The International Seabed Authority, which is drawing up a draft mining code, has issued 29 exploration contracts for undersea mining in international waters beyond any national jurisdiction.

Right to Food

Cheap seafood endangers fishworkers right to food: UN expert

Low wages and horrendous working...

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