ADSR project / Nigeria Workshop

Abuja, Nigeria
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The fourth workshop of the Africa's Deep Seabed Resources (ADSR) project was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 5 to 7 October 2022.

This workshop is hosted jointly by ISA and the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the support of the African Union and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. It aims to foster international and regional cooperation to promote the sustainable development of Africa’s deep seabed resources in support of Africa’s blue economy by bringing together key stakeholders and experts including official representatives of Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.


The ADSR project builds on a joint Voluntary Commitment (#OceanAction16374) registered by ISA in cooperation with the African Mineral Development Centre of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (since transferred to the African Union) at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference to foster international and regional cooperation in support of sustainable development of Africa’s blue economy. This voluntary commitment was further renewed at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction40945). The project is implemented by ISA in partnership with the African Union and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) in close cooperation with States Parties to UNCLOS, relevant international and regional organizations and experts. The goal of the ADSR project is to provide enabling conditions for African countries to fully benefit from the blue economy through sustainable development of their deep-seabed resources.

One of the key deliverables of the project is to organize five regional workshops with a view to raising awareness among African decision-makers about the importance of sustainable development of activities on Africa’s continental shelf and in the adjacent international seabed area (the Area). It is also envisaged that these workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss capacity-building strategies that could help African States benefit fully from their blue economies, particularly with regard to increased participation in deep-seabed exploration activities.

Previous workshops

  • The first workshop of the ADSR project was co-hosted by ISA and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire in Abidjan in October 2018. 
  • The second workshop of the ADSR was co-hosted by ISA and the Government of South Africa in Pretoria in May 2019.
  • The third workshop of the ADSR project was co-hosted by ISA and Mauritius virtually in June 2021.

For more information:

For enquiries, please contact:

Sonakshi Mishra, Programme Management Officer, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority (



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