Moratorium on deep sea mining adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit
A vote overwhelmingly in favor of placing a moratorium on deep sea mineral mining at a global biodiversity summit this week has put urgent pressure on the International Seabed Authority to strictly regulate the practice.
The vast majority of governments, NGOs, and civil society groups voted in favor of the moratorium at the world congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday, after several conservation groups lobbied in favor of the measure.
Yes! Now time to take this overwhelming support for a moratorium on #deepseamining into the International Seabed Authority which is mandated to protect the deep seabed for the benefit of humanity as a whole. @DeepSeaConserve @FaunaFloraInt https://t.co/hrxb8hgvzW
— Sian Owen (@siankowen) September 9, 2021
“The pro-deep seabed mining lobby is… selling a story that companies need deep seabed minerals in order to produce electric cars, batteries and other items that reduce carbon emissions,” said Jessica Battle, a senior expert on global ocean policy and governance at the organization. “Deep seabed mining is an avoidable environmental disaster. We can decarbonize through innovation, redesigning, reducing, reusing, and recycling.”