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Seizing the Seas: Diving into Deep-Seabed Mining


June 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is open to the public but you must register (there is a $50 fee for those who are not members of ELI; Press/Full-Time Students, $0). Note: there is no in-person availability for this event.

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An ELI Member Webinar

The deep ocean environment is in many respects, a mystery. Some accounts state a mere 5% of the world's seabed has been thoroughly explored, yet heightened concerns over climate change and efforts to decarbonize transportation are driving a new frontier into deep-seabed mining. Proponents of deep-seabed mining claim it is a viable strong potential solution to present and growing shortages in the critical materials need for renewable energy technologies and electric car batteries, amongst others. Meanwhile, opponents to deep-seabed mining emphasize the risks to biodiversity, potential for permanent ecosystem damages, climate implications of mining, and lack of clarity surrounding international governance on the high seas.

How can environmental regulations protect unique deep ocean habitats from mining impacts without hindering potential growth in the technological sphere? What is the current status of deep-seabed mining activities? Who are the regulatory and industrial stakeholders in deep-seabed mining?  Panelists will engage in these questions and explore both the net benefits and costs of seabed mining decision-making, tackle best practices for seeking a sustainable and commercially-viable industry, envision the future of marine environmental protection, and confront the current regulatory landscape of deep seabed mining. Join ELI and expert panelists for an in-depth exploration of deep-seabed mining.

Margaret Spring, Chief Conservation and Science Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Moderator
Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Policy Advisor, Global Marine Program, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Eric L. Martin, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (invited)
Gregory Stone, Ph.D., Director & Chief Ocean Scientist, DeepGreen Metals Inc.
Cindy Van Dover, Ph.D., Harvey W. Smith Professor of Biological Oceanography, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University

Speaker materials will be posted as they are received...


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