Deep-Sea Tailing Disposal
An international workshop on the impacts of Mine Tailings in the Marine Environment was held i Lima, Peru 10-12th of June.
The MITE-DEEP project, led by Eva Ramirez-Llodra, NIVA, has recently co-organised - with the International Maritime Organisation, London Convention/London Protocol and the UN GESAMP group of experts - a workshop on Deep-Sea Tailing Disposal (DSTP). The workshop took place in Lima, Peru 10-12 June 2015 and was hosted by the Peruvian Government.
MITE-DEEP is co-led by Dr Maria Baker (Uni. Southampton, UK), Dr Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA) and Mr Leonel Sierralta (Chilean DSTP Initiative) and is a major activity of the working group on Deep-Sea Tailing Disposal at the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI). MITE-DEEP is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and INDEEP - the International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems.
During two days, a group of 50 experts from different sectors (science, industry, policy makers and managers, environmental groups) discussed the current knowledge on submarine tailing disposal, and particularly DSTP, and identified major knowledge gaps that need urgent attention.
- Additionally, on Friday 12 June, 15 people of the DOSI-DSTP working group met to identify the next steps forward, Dr. Ramirez-Llodra says.
- During this meeting, a number of activities have been agreed for development.
This includes, among other things, a scoping paper, planning for a capacity building course in Papua New Guinea, an EU application for funding for a DSTP working group and a centralised DSTP data bank.