Development minerals report will help guide sustainable use of Fiji’s georesources

These minerals we use to build our homes, schools, roads, water systems and just about every type of infrastructure you can think of, are critical for the Pacific. We use them to treat our soil and increase agricultural yields, to protect our coastlines…

Tuvalu prepares to dig deep for seabed mineral wealth

Tuvalu is the fourth Pacific country to pass laws for deep sea mineral activities, joining the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga. Deep sea minerals, such as sea floor massive sulphides, cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts and manganese nodules located in…

Mineral treasures in Cook Islands seas

Deep below the sparkling blue waters around the Cook Islands lie deposits of minerals that could spark a new industry for the people of this small Pacific Island nation. Marine scientific research and offshore mineral exploration in the Exclusive…

Deep sea minerals frameworks to inform decision-making

Two frameworks released today will build knowledge of deep sea minerals and their governance, and support informed decision-making by Pacific Island countries.

Short film highlights public engagement on deep sea minerals potential

Cost benefit analysis of deep sea mining in Pacific released


SPC welcomes Nauru's new legislation to govern seabed mining activities

By passing its International Seabed Minerals Bill on 23 October 2015 the Government of Nauru becomes one of the few countries in the world to have an Act governing its engagement in seabed mineral activities undertaken w

Marshall Islands consults on deep sea minerals

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), with the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)–European Union (EU) Deep Sea Minerals Project, has commenced public consultations on deep sea minerals, with a particular emphasis on the…

Tuvalu and Kiribati join countries progressing responsible management of deep seabed minerals

Caption: Manganese Nodule deposit. Photo courtesy of Ifremer/Nautil, Nodinaut (2004)
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