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International Seabed Authority: Protect Ocean Ecosystems

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By Payal Sampat

July 25, 2016

Deep-sea mining sounds like something out of a science fiction novel – and indeed, the claims by companies hoping to extract metals from cobalt crusts, manganese nodules, and hydrothermal vents on deep sea beds do seem to have their basis in fiction more than fact. As yet, there are no viable deep-sea mining operations – but many companies and governments are hoping that will change.

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Tagged with: mining, oceans, isa

Why IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining is a Big Deal

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By Payal Sampat

July 19, 2016

The diverse organizations and sectors—labor unions, indigenous communities, NGOs, mining companies and downstream purchasers of minerals—that form the Steering Committee for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) often get asked why we sit at this table across from other stakeholders with whom we don’t always see eye to eye. Given that we frequently see issues from very different perspectives, why do we choose to engage in this challenging, time-consuming work?

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Tagged with: regulation, irma, responsible mining

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