Claims Australian mining will destroy Namibian fishing
You can listen to Riaan Erksteen from Namibian environment group, Swakopmund Matters on ABC Radio’s PM show, Wednesday 27 June 2012.
Riaan talks about how Australian miners UCL and Minemakers seabed proposals will destroy the marine environment, and with it the country’s vital fishing industry. Read more
Growing calls from Pacific communities to stop seabed mining and the breakdown of a financing agreement is putting to question the viability of the Nautilus seabed mining experiment. Read more
ACT NOW! PNG newsletter
The campaign against experimental seabed mining in the Pacific is building up a great momentum, but we still need your support to ensure a positive outcome.
Listen to Effrey Dademo from ActNowPNG.org on Radio New Zealand talk about SOPAC abandoning the precautionary principle for experimental seabed mining in Pacific:
Non-government organizations in the Pacific fear statements from a regional body at the United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro last week, suggest an abandoning of the precautionary principle on seabed mining. Read more
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Rio+20, 20-22, June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Intervention of the Pacific Caucus
DRAFT: Establishing an Independent Regional Indigenous Peoples Monitoring Authority for the implementation of regulating agreements impacting pacific peoples and our resources. Read more
Dispute with PNG government, opposition by Pacific and Canadian citizens, financing woes
TORONTO. Today Canadians are standing in solidarity with civil society in the Pacific against deep sea mining. Canadian company, Nautilus Inc, is leading the rush to mine the sea floor in the Pacific. If it goes ahead, its Solwara 1 project in the Bismark Sea of Papua New Guinea will be the world’s first commercial deep sea mine.
However, a growing call from Pacific communities to stop seabed mining, the PNG Government’s refusal to contribute to development costs and the breakdown of a financing agreement with an European ship builder questions the viability of an already uncertain venture. Not a good look as Nautilus faces its AGM in Toronto today. Nautilus stocks have already dropped dramatically over the past couple of weeks. Read more