The Issue: Deep-seabed mining is rapidly approaching the transition from exploration to exploitation in our world’s oceans, both in areas within and beyond national jurisdiction. Proactive development and implementation of comprehensive management practices, frameworks and policies prior to the onset of commercial mining will ensure protection and preservation of the marine environment, whilst enabling the use of seabed mineral resources. Transparent criteria for deep-sea institutional and corporate social responsibility also need to be established.
The Working Group: The DOSI Minerals working group (175 members) constitutes a broad spectrum of scientific, industry, economic, conservation, legal and policy expertise. As collated working group responses and as individuals, we provide expert opinion on deep-seabed mining related concerns through written responses, policy briefs, publications, side-events, interventions, workshops and symposia.