The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Incorporating transparency into the governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction

Incorporating transparency into the governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction
Incorporating transparency into the governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction
In the governance of natural resources, transparency has been linked to improved accountability, as well as enforceability, compliance, sustainability, and ultimately more equitable outcomes. Here, good practices in transparency relevant to the emerging governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction are identified and compared with current practices of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The analysis found six areas of good transparency practice that could improve the accountability of deep-seabed mining: i) access to information; ii) reporting; iii) quality assurance; iv) compliance information / accreditation; v) public participation; and vi) ability to review / appeal decisions. The ISA has in some instances adopted progressive practices regarding its rules, regulations, and procedures (e.g. including the precautionary approach). However, the results here show that overall the ISA will need to consider improvements in each of the six categories above, in order to reflect contemporary best transparency practices, as well as meeting historical expectations embodied in the principle of the ‘common heritage of mankind’. This would involve a revision of its rules and procedures. The ongoing review and drafting of the ISA’s deep-seabed mining exploitation regulations offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve upon the current situation. Findings from this analysis are summarised in 18 recommendations, including publication of annual reports submitted by contractors, publication of annual financial statements, development of a transparency policy, compliance reporting, and dedicated access to Committee meetings.
0308597X
58-66
Ardron, Jeff A.
3a5ab3bf-bd0a-45c7-b6ec-705f74e0cf2f
Ruhl, Henry A.
177608ef-7793-4911-86cf-cd9960ff22b6
Jones, Daniel O.B.
44fc07b3-5fb7-4bf5-9cec-78c78022613a
Ardron, Jeff A.
3a5ab3bf-bd0a-45c7-b6ec-705f74e0cf2f
Ruhl, Henry A.
177608ef-7793-4911-86cf-cd9960ff22b6
Jones, Daniel O.B.
44fc07b3-5fb7-4bf5-9cec-78c78022613a

Ardron, Jeff A., Ruhl, Henry A. and Jones, Daniel O.B. (2018) Incorporating transparency into the governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction. Marine Policy, 89, 58-66. (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2017.11.021).

Record type: Article

Abstract

In the governance of natural resources, transparency has been linked to improved accountability, as well as enforceability, compliance, sustainability, and ultimately more equitable outcomes. Here, good practices in transparency relevant to the emerging governance of deep-seabed mining in the Area beyond national jurisdiction are identified and compared with current practices of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The analysis found six areas of good transparency practice that could improve the accountability of deep-seabed mining: i) access to information; ii) reporting; iii) quality assurance; iv) compliance information / accreditation; v) public participation; and vi) ability to review / appeal decisions. The ISA has in some instances adopted progressive practices regarding its rules, regulations, and procedures (e.g. including the precautionary approach). However, the results here show that overall the ISA will need to consider improvements in each of the six categories above, in order to reflect contemporary best transparency practices, as well as meeting historical expectations embodied in the principle of the ‘common heritage of mankind’. This would involve a revision of its rules and procedures. The ongoing review and drafting of the ISA’s deep-seabed mining exploitation regulations offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve upon the current situation. Findings from this analysis are summarised in 18 recommendations, including publication of annual reports submitted by contractors, publication of annual financial statements, development of a transparency policy, compliance reporting, and dedicated access to Committee meetings.

Text Ardron 1-s2.0-S0308597X17304207-main - Version of Record
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (263kB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 18 November 2017
Published date: 1 February 2018

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 416915
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416915
ISSN: 0308597X
PURE UUID: dc41c176-df3c-4b20-93e9-e2ef46a8a0cc

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 15 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 01 Feb 2018 17:30

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Jeff A. Ardron
Author: Henry A. Ruhl
Author: Daniel O.B. Jones

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×