Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes

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Mineral exploration and exploitation

Deep seabed mining has been arousing interest since the 1960s but no commercial mining activity has yet begun. However, in the last decade interest has increased. Operations would be controlled from a floating platform at the sea surface and target one of four broad classes of deposits:

  • polymetallic nodules;
  • polymetallic sulphides;
  • cobalt-rich crusts
  • rare earth element-rich deep-sea sediments
An agreed science case for a strategic management plan for the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the North Atlantic

follow up to meeting at Horta in the Azores and aimed at identifying areas of particular environmental interest

Start date: 02/11/2016 (All day)
Last update: 01/02/18

Workshop: Towards the development of a strategic Environmental Management Plan for deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation in the Atlantic basin

A workshop was held in Horta, Azores, 1-3 June 2015 in order to identify elements for a strategic Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation along the Atlantic in the international seabed Area

Start date: 01/06/2015 - 00:00
Last update: 01/02/18

Informal meeting on deep-sea mining

Commisison services presented an overview of ongoing activities

Start date: 09/02/2015 - 14:00
Last update: 01/02/18

Presentation of draft final report on deep-sea mining

The participants also looked at preliminary results of the public consultation

Start date: 01/07/2014 - 00:00
Last update: 06/07/14

Workshop on best practices on mining policies and technologies - deep-sea mining

session on mining in extreme environments

Start date: 13/06/2014 - 00:00
Last update: 30/05/14

Stakeholder workshop deep-sea mining

results of an ongoing study on behalf of the European commission on technological and environmental issues related to deep-sea mining will be discused with stakeholders

Start date: 29/04/2014 - 08:00
Last update: 07/05/14

Kick-off for study on deep-sea mining

Start date: 27/01/2014 - 14:30
Last update: 24/01/14

Kick off meeting - deep-sea mining - summary and presentation by contractor

Yannick Beaudoin (GRID Arendal) Ann Dom (Seas at Risk) German Esteban-Muniz (DG RTD) Nicolas Fournier (Oceana) Johan Gille (Ecorys) Stephen Hodgson (MRAG

Start date: 27/01/2014 - 05:00
Last update: 04/02/14