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Currents of change: A political movement against Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific

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Currents of change: A political movement against Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific


Deep sea mining (DSM) is one of the most controversial issue occupying the ocean governance space at the moment.


Proponents like some Pacific governments see deep sea mineral wealth as 'mana' from the heavens, the Pacific’s new economic lifeline. Industry players are selling DSM - to an increasingly skeptical public - as key building blocks for a green technological revolution to address climate crises.


Pacific peoples however are drawing a blue line.


Community groups, NGOs, churches, indigenous leaders, academics, scientists and some governments have called for stronger protection of our oceans and for a ban on DSM.


In the Pacific, the northern territory of Australia has issued a permanent ban, the Maori Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has tabled legislation to ban DSM, while Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has announced a moratorium within its EEZ, supported by Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea in 2019.


This webinar features leaders in Oceania sharing their experiences and knowledge on how their respective jurisdictions view the issue, the decisions they have made and what needs to be done.


Webinar speakers :


Hon. Enele Sopoaga

Dr. Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu

Dr. Debbie Ngarewa-Parker

Hon. Ralph Regenvanu

Hon. Garry Juffa


1 hour 31 minutes 19 seconds


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