JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The second part of the ISA 24th Session Council meetings presided over by Ambassador Olav Myklebust of Norway, began today in Kingston.

The meeting featured a presentation to Council by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) expert, Richard Roth, on the work relating to the development of a financial model for the Authority. 

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On 31 December 2013, the Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for Cobalt-rich Ferromanganese Crust in the Area submitted by Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM), which is a Brazilian State Enterprise. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The application area is in the Rio Grande Rise and the applicant has elected to offer an equity interest in a joint venture arrangement with the Enterprise in lieu of a reserved area.

The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has received a proposal from Nautilus Minerals Inc., (‘Nautilus’) a company incorporated in Canada, to enter into negotiations to form a joint venture with the Enterprise for the purpose of developing eight of the reserved area blocks in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ).

The terms of the proposal by Nautilus are set out in a draft heads of agreement, which is annexed to a document to be submitted for the consideration of the Council at the nineteenth session in July 2013 under symbol ISBA/19/C/4.

Ambassador Paola Amadei, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, presented her credentials as the Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General on 8 February 2012.

Ambassador Amadei is also Head of the EU Delegation to Belize, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, with responsibility also for the Cayman Islands and the Turk and Caicos Islands.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this morning adopted a $13,014,700 budget for the Authority's operations for the 2011-2012 biennium.

The Assembly also adopted a draft decision (ISBA/16/A/L.3) authorizing the Secretary-General to establish a scale of assessments of contributions for 2011-2012 based on that used for the regular budget of the United Nations for 2010.

All MAPS are available for download online through the CONTRACTOR main menu and via the Exploration Areas page off the dropdown submenu.

A web-enabled interface of the ISA Geographic Information System displaying resource data from the Central Data Repository (CDR) is also in the process of coming online.  The system will continue to be developed as a platform to integrate available information and additional data from various sources.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for applications for the training programme to be provided by China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) in 2015 pursuant to the contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides between the International Seabed Authority and COMRA.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2015) - -The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston yesterday, concluded a two-day debate on the report of the Secretary-General on the Authority’s work over the past year, hearing a record 35 interventions from member states and 11 by observers. (SB-21-13)

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JAMAICA, Kingston (14 July 2016) – The ISA Legal and Technical Commission today issued the initial working draft Regulations and Standard Contract Terms on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area as part of its remit from the Council to develop the Mining Code for activities in the Area.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (12 May 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority and China Minmetals Corporation have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules.

The exploration contract was signed on Friday, 12 May in Beijing, China by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge and the Chairman of China Minmetals Corporation, He Wenbo. 

The allocated area covers a surface area of 72,745 km2 of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the Pacific Ocean.

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 March 2018) - -  On Monday 12 March 2018,  Ms. Michelle Walker of Jamaica was elected as Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission. She succeeds Mr. Christian Reichert of Germany. 

Ms. Walker is currently Head of the Legal Unit of the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has been a member of the Commission for four years. She served as Vice-Chair in 2017.

The Commission began the first part of its 2018 24th Session meetings in Kingston from 12-23 March 2018. It will also meet for a second time from 2-13 July 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2018) - - On 23 July 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr Michael Lodge, presented the inaugural edition of the ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research at the 24th session of the Assembly of the Authority.

The Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research is one of seven Voluntary Commitments officially registered by the International Seabed Authority at the UN Ocean conference that was held in New York in June 2017 (#OceanAction15796).

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His Excellency, Mr. Bernardo Guanche Hernández, the new Ambassador of Cuba to Jamaica presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the International Seabed Authority on Thursday, 7 November 2013.

Ambassador Hernández succeeds Ambassador Gala López who completed his term of office in August this year.

On 6 February 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

29 NOVEMBER 2011, NADI, FIJI -- Speaking at the opening of the Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals, Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority told participants that ISA has taken steps to augment the international community's knowledge base in order to facilitate adequate environmental protection from mining.

He said these steps included standardizing data and data collection methods in order to develop robust databases to facilitate decision-making.