G7 Countries say Strict Environmental Rules Needed for Deep-sea Mining

Environmental News from Germany:

The Group of Seven countries on Friday agreed stringent environmental controls should govern deep-sea mining and that they would consent to such mining projects only if they did not seriously harm the marine environment.

“We determined that if there is deep-sea mining at all, it should only happen under the most strict environmental standards,” Germany’s environment minister, Steffi Lemke, told a news conference after a meeting of G7 ministers in Berlin.

The International Seabed Authority (ISA), a United Nations body, is drawing up regulations governing seabed mining in the high seas – areas outside any national jurisdiction. Until global rules are in place, sea bed mining is not allowed.

“With regard to possible future deep-sea mining, we highlight the unique chance to regulate a human activity before it is put into practice in order to prevent damage to the marine environment,” the G7 ministers said in the final communique from their meeting.

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Source: Reuters

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