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Acting on recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Seabed Council yesterday afternoon approved the plans of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area submitted by four entities.

Adopting the four draft decisions (documents ISBA/17/C/2, 3,4 and 5,), as amended during debate, the Council requested the Authority’s Secretary-General to issue them with plans of work in the form of contracts with the Authority in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Experts attending the final review meeting of the geological model have agreed on a schedule of corrections/modifications to the model and the Prospector's Guide to be completed by the end of October 2009.

The ISA today launched its free mobile application for mobile devices using iOS and Android platforms. Android users can download the App from Google Play and iOS users can download the App from iTunes.

Given the specific nature of ISA’s work in seabed mining, technology and environmental protection, the App will enable the Authority to promote its mandate and activities to member States and its various Organs via an enhanced communication strategy. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 March 2015) -- The International Seabed Authority today issued a Discussion Paper aimed at the development and implementation of a payment mechanism for exploitation activities in the Area.

Discussion Paper

KINGSTON, Jamaica (9 November 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and Companhia De Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais of Brazil (CPRM) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The Contract was signed today, 9 November 2015, in Brasília, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and the Director-President of CPRM, Manoel Barretto da Rocha Neto.

JAMAICA, Kingston (28 October 2016) - -  Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, presented her credentials to the Secretary-General as the new Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority on 26 October 2016.  She is also the Head of the Delegation to Belize, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands with the rank and title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 July 2017) - - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Russian Federation is offering five (5) training places for candidates from developing States, under two separate training programmes, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The training opportunities were first advertised in March 2017 and are being re-advertised with the new training dates scheduled for October/November 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its administration in the hands of an international organization to be created for that specific purpose. 

As part of its mandate, the International Seabed Authority has been entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the effective protection and preservation of the marine environment, including the impact on biodiversity.  

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 October 2018) - - His Excellency Dr. Bernd von Münchow – Pohl, today presented his Credentials to Secretary-General Michael Lodge as the Permanent Representative of Germany to the International Seabed Authority.

Prior to being posted to Jamaica, he was Ambassador of Germany to Niger.

Ambassador Dr von Münchow – Pohl has been a member of the Diplomatic Service since 1988 and has served in various functions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During its meeting held 8-12 July in Kingston, the Commission has selected 8 candidates for its Contractor Training Programmes.

At its meeting on 8 July 2013, the Commission appointed a subgroup from its membership to carry out an initial review and appraisal of the applications and to report back to the full Commission.

In selecting candidates, the Commission considered and applied the relative regulations, as well as the principles, policies, guidelines and procedures applicable to the training programmes.

Ambassador Otunba Olatokunboh Kamson presented his credentials as the new Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the International Seabed Authority on 8 August 2012.

Ambassador Kamson has enjoyed a distringuished career in the public and private sectors in Lagos and arrived in Jamaica early July to take up his responsibilities as the High Commissioner of Nigeria to Jamaica.

He succeeds Ambassador Peter Oyedele who left Jamaica in February this year at the end of his tenure of duty.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 8 June 2011 - - Five candidates from ISA member States have been awarded scholarships for Master and Doctorate Degrees under the ISA-Tongji Scholarship Programme at the Tongji University's School of Oceanic and Earth Sciences in China.

The Secretariat presented a review of outstanding issues concerning the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area (ISBA/15/C/WP.2). This 25-paragraph working paper, with three annexes, covers additional background on the outstanding issues with respect to the draft, which the Council had agreed to consider at this session. A revised text of the entire draft regulations (ISBA/15/C/WP.1), harmonized in all official languages, and incorporating the revisions, was also presented to Council.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston on Thursday (17 July 2014) afternoon decided, on the recommendations of the Finance Committee, that the Assembly approve a budget for the Authority in the amount of US$ 15,743,143 for the biennium 2015-2016.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (6 May 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Central Indian Ocean in the presence of Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The Contract was signed on 6 May 2015, at Berlin, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and the President of BGR, Professor Hans-Joachim Kümpel. 

BGR Map