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Support of environmental regulatory measures for Deep Sea Mining: Project
by Germany (Government)
Activities of deep-sea mining will indisputably affect the status of the environment by disturbing the seafloor and the overlying water column. The habitats of unique benthic and pelagic communities may be affected depending on the technologies used as well as on the size of the area impacted directly by mining and indirectly by the dispersion of sediment plumes and mining debris. The JPI Oceans Pilot Action "Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining" assesses the ecological impacts which could arise from commercial mining activities in the deep-sea. Core of the project are three expeditions visiting several nodule license areas and a protected area in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) as well as the disturbance and recolonization experiment (DISCOL) in the Peru Basin, which was conducted 26 years ago. Germany will substatially support the project and the further development of guidelines and standards for deep sea exploitation.
Progress reports
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
2018
Project Results for MiningImpact
Financing (in USD)
3,000,000 USD
In-kind contribution
German RV
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2015 - December 2017
Partners
Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (Government), Joint Programming Initiative: Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (Scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Tim Eder, Desk Officer, tim.eder@bmbf.bund.de,
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