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Environmental Impact Assessment and the International Seabed Authority

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Remote prospects for mining in the Area represent for the International Seabed Authority a unique opportunity to progressively design a legal framework protecting the marine environment in the event of exploitation of mineral resources in the Area. The implementation of the legal framework on environmental protection has a direct impact on the obligations imposed on present and future contractors that provide environmental information that will serve to establish environmental baselines. To supplement this source of information, environmental data are also collected in the course of scientific and technical workshops and marine scientific research programs in the Area. Assessment of environmental impacts arising out of mineral activities in the Area is not the subject of a specific and separate Convention, like the Convention on environmental impact assessment (EIA) in a transboundary context, but is part of the regime governing mineral activities in the Area.

Keywords:environmental impact assessment (EIA); environmental protection; International Seabed Authority; marine environment; marine scientific research programs; mineral resources; mining



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