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The ISA Legal and Technical Commission began its week-long meeting on Monday 4 February 2013.

Members of the Commission will consider the annual reports of contractors, consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors for the assessment of possible environmental impacts arising from exploration for marine minerals in the Area, and also consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors relating to the implementation of training obligations.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 4 October 2011 - The International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) SOPAC Division is organising an International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals, to be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - In his first address to the General Assembly since being elected ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton spoke about matters relating to Oceans and the Law of the Sea . He said he felt extremely privileged to have been invested with the responsibility for guiding the work of the Authority over the next four years.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations for three short-term training opportunities in 2015 for suitable candidates from developing States provided by JOGMEC.

The at-sea training programme is pursuant to the terms of the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts between JOGMEC and the Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 March 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts within the Magellan Mountains in the Pacific Ocean.

The contract was signed today, 10 March 2015, in New York by the Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge, and the First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources  and Environment of the Russian Federation, Denis G. Khramov. 

Signing Ceremony

China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) is offering 5 opportunities for its At-Sea Training Programme to candidates from developing countries as part of its July-September 2016 training programme.

The training programme is in accordance with the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts that COMRA has signed with the ISA in April 2014. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 September 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Government of India have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides.

The contract was signed today, Monday 26 September in New Delhi, India by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 June 2017) - -  The International Seabed Authority hosted its first public forum today at the University of West Indies campus in Kingston.

The Authority convened the forum as part of its public outreach to engage with and inform local communities  of the work of the Authority, headquartered in Jamaica since 1994; and its role in the Sustainable Development Agenda.

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority will be hosting a workshop on the Development of a Framework for Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) for Polymetallic Sulphide Deposits in Mid-Ocean Ridges at the University of Szczecin-Geocentrum, in Szczecin, Poland, from 27-29 June 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 September 2018) - - “The Law of the Sea Convention not only guarantees the right of all States, rich and poor, to access the mineral resources of the deep seabed, but also assures equality of access to developing States, including the land-locked and geographically disadvantaged States, and small island developing States.”

In the wake of renewed interest in potential commercial exploitation for deep seabed minerals, the Council of the International Seabed Authority reviewed a summary Secretariat note from a technical report that provided a framework for polymetallic nodule exploitation in the Area.

The International Seabed Authority and Russia signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides located in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday 29 October 2012.

The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Denis Khramov.

The Authority has previously signed contracts with  eleven entities since the nodule regulations were adopted on 13 July 2000.

Full release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation
 

Applications for Exploration Contracts; Historic Advisory Opinion 
on the Responsibilities and Obligations of Sponsoring States 
among Substantive Issues in Crowded Agenda of 
Seabed Authority 17th Session

Other topics include finalization of regulations for exploration of 
cobalt-rich crusts in Area; and election of members of two bodies

The ISA Endowment Fund has awarded Ms Alejandra Mariana Rocha of Argentina, Mr Olubunmi Nubi of Nigeria and Mr Niroshana Wickramaarachchi of Sri Lanka, fellowships under its Technical Assistance Program-Marine Scientific Research (TAP-MAR) to participate in a course being offered by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India. 

Agenda Items Includes Election of Nearly Half its Executive Council, Drafting of Marine Minerals Mining Code and Consideration of Applications for Seabed Exploration Contracts

The Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority will commemorate its twentieth anniversary, elect nearly half its executive Council and begin elaboration of a mining code for deep seabed polymetallic nodules in the Area beyond national jurisdiction when it convenes for its annual session in Kingston from 14 to 25 July 2014.