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Existing environmental management approaches relevant to deep-sea mining

Existing environmental management approaches relevant to deep-sea mining
Existing environmental management approaches relevant to deep-sea mining
Deep-sea mining (DSM) may become a significant stressor on the marine environment. The DSM industry should demonstrate transparently its commitment to preventing serious harm to the environment by complying with legal requirements, using environmental good practice, and minimizing environmental impacts. Here existing environmental management approaches relevant to DSM that can be used to improve performance are identified and detailed. DSM is still predominantly in the planning stage and will face some unique challenges but there is considerable environmental management experience in existing related industries. International good practice has been suggested for DSM by bodies such as the Pacific Community and the International Marine Minerals Society. The inherent uncertainty in DSM presents challenges, but it can be addressed by collection of environmental information, area-based/spatial management, the precautionary approach and adaptive management. Tools exist for regional and strategic management, which have already begun to be introduced by the International Seabed Authority, for example in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Project specific environmental management, through environmental impact assessment, baseline assessment, monitoring, mitigation and environmental management planning, will be critical to identify and reduce potential impacts. In addition, extractive companies’ internal management may be optimised to improve performance by emphasising sustainability at a high level in the company, improving transparency and reporting and introducing environmental management systems. The DSM industry and its regulators have the potential to select and optimize recognised and documented effective practices and adapt them, greatly improving the environmental performance of this new industry.
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Jones, Daniel O.B., Durden, Jennifer M., Murphy, Kevin, Gjerde, Kristina M., Gebicka, Aleksandra, Colaço, Ana, Morato, Telmo, Cuvelier, Daphne and Billett, David S.M. (2019) Existing environmental management approaches relevant to deep-sea mining. Marine Policy, 103, 172-181. (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.01.006).

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Deep-sea mining (DSM) may become a significant stressor on the marine environment. The DSM industry should demonstrate transparently its commitment to preventing serious harm to the environment by complying with legal requirements, using environmental good practice, and minimizing environmental impacts. Here existing environmental management approaches relevant to DSM that can be used to improve performance are identified and detailed. DSM is still predominantly in the planning stage and will face some unique challenges but there is considerable environmental management experience in existing related industries. International good practice has been suggested for DSM by bodies such as the Pacific Community and the International Marine Minerals Society. The inherent uncertainty in DSM presents challenges, but it can be addressed by collection of environmental information, area-based/spatial management, the precautionary approach and adaptive management. Tools exist for regional and strategic management, which have already begun to be introduced by the International Seabed Authority, for example in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Project specific environmental management, through environmental impact assessment, baseline assessment, monitoring, mitigation and environmental management planning, will be critical to identify and reduce potential impacts. In addition, extractive companies’ internal management may be optimised to improve performance by emphasising sustainability at a high level in the company, improving transparency and reporting and introducing environmental management systems. The DSM industry and its regulators have the potential to select and optimize recognised and documented effective practices and adapt them, greatly improving the environmental performance of this new industry.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 February 2019
Published date: May 2019

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429348
ISSN: 0308-597X
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Date deposited: 26 Mar 2019 17:30
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Author: Daniel O.B. Jones
Author: Jennifer M. Durden
Author: Kevin Murphy
Author: Kristina M. Gjerde
Author: Aleksandra Gebicka
Author: Ana Colaço
Author: Telmo Morato
Author: Daphne Cuvelier
Author: David S.M. Billett

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