DOSI: Feedback Call for Pacific Islands Regional Environmental Framework for Deep Sea Minerals.

Dear DOSI members (especially Minerals WG members!),

Further to my email of 1st October, the DOSI Minerals WG are preparing a combined response to the call for input to the Pacific Islands Regional Environmental Management Framework for Deep Sea Minerals Exploration and Exploitation (REMF).  We are providing a form (in below Dropbox link) to aid response and collation.  Please respond by 21st October at the latest to give time for collation of all comments.  All comments to be emailed to Amber Cobley:<> .  Amber will kindly collate them for Craig Smith, DOSI Minerals WG Lead.


The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)  and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) of New Zealand have drafted ‘Regional Guidelines for Deep Sea Minerals Scientific Research’ and would like your feedback.

These can be viewed in the attachment to the DOSI email or at the following Dropbox link:

This document has been written for Pacific Island countries and territories to use to develop their respective national approach to the environmental management of their DSM resources. It is aimed at both Pacific States that have already decided to engage in DSM activities and those who have not yet determined their stance on the development of their DSM resources. It provide detailed discussions of the environmental aspects States will need to address in the development of their management systems such as: incorporating best environmental practices, utilising the precautionary approach, environmental impact assessment, security deposits, impact mitigation, and monitoring.

SPC-EU are seeking comments on this document to optimise its usability.

The collective submission deadline for DOSI is Friday 23rd October. Please can you endeavor to return your feedback as soon as possible so that we can collate them into a fully representative DOSI commentary (before 21st October please).

This document is part of a group of frameworks for Deep Sea Mineral (DSM) mining management, developed by the SPC-EU DSM project.

1)      Regional Legislative and Regulatory Framework (published 2012-available here:

2)      Regional Financial Framework (first draft being finalised and will be available for review shortly)

3)      Regional Guidelines for Deep Sea Minerals Research (first draft has been reviewed Sept 2015 and is being finalised).

For more information on the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project please visit their website:

We look forward to your comments

Many thanks

Amber Cobley for DOSI Minerals WG<>

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