Projects & Activities

Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region: a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management

The SPC-EU Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project is helping Pacific Island countries to improve the governance and management of their deep-sea minerals resources through improved legal frameworks, increased technical capacity and effective monitoring systems. 

Funded by the European Union and managed by the SOPAC Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) this project aims to support Pacific Islands in governing and developing deep sea mineral resources. The project provides technical support and advice to improve technical capacity, community involvement and government management of deep sea mineral resources.

A primary objective of the project is to support informed and careful governance of any deep sea mining activities in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for Pacific Island countries and their people. The Project is also working to encourage and support participatory decision-making in the governance and management of national deep sea minerals resources.

15 Pacific Island Countries are taking part in the project: the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

An important output is the publication Deep Sea Minerals: A physical, biological, environmental, and technical review.

Contact person: Elaine Baker.