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Enhancing deep sea marine biodiversity assessment through the creation of online taxonomic atlases linked to deep sea mining activities in the Area.
by International Seabed Authority (Intergovernmental organization)
The lack of deep sea marine taxonomy is a major impediment for assessing deep sea marine biodiversity. Firstly, existing lists of species collected in the deep sea do not provide the required information to undertake basic ecological assessment of deep sea biodiversity. Secondly, such scientific gap increases the risk that the required environmental management plans that need to be developed will not address effectively the vulnerability of deep sea habitats of the Area.

In view of the above, the ISA is committed to work towards the establishment of public accessible atlases regrouping scientifically classified species collected on the international seabed area. These atlases will be defined by habitat according to the different types of minerals that are explored. Accordingly, specific atlases will be produces to reflect the specificities of each ocean basin.

It is anticipated that this initiative will be a unique opportunity to gather up-to-date information with a view to offering an evolving tool to guide contractors and the scientific community in the assessment of deep sea marine biodiversity of the Area.
Progress reports
Online biodiversity atlases from ocean basins of the Area
Other, please specify
Resources from the ISAs biannual budget complemented by voluntary contributions.
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2017 - December 2018
Member States, contractors
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel / Deputy to the Secretary-General, alfonsoa@isa.org.jm,
Kingston, Jamaica
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