25 September 2013
DSM Campaign Coordinator Helen Rosenbaum told Nampa during a telephonic interview on Tuesday the decision taken by the Government should be considered a win for the Namibian people and the world at large.
The DSM Campaign is an association consisting of Non-Governmental Organisations and citizens from, amongst others, Australia and Canada, who are concerned about the likely impacts of deep sea mining on marine and coastal ecosystems and its communities.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau on Monday, Rosenbaum stated that the decision shows the world how the precautionary principle should be applied in relation to seabed mining and serves as an example which the campaign will actively promote.
She said the Namibian Government’s decision reinforces the legitimacy of a precautionary approach, which the DSM campaign has been urging Pacific Island governments to adopt.
“We are pleased to be able to inform you that in Australia, the Northern Territory Government reached a similar decision in June this year with a total ban on seabed mining around Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage the Namibian Government to consider a complete ban if it cannot be proven that seabed mining will not incur negatively environmental impacts,” she said in the letter.
Rosenbaum further told this news agency that since news got out that the Namibian Government placed a moratorium on deep sea mining, articles have been surfacing in New Zealand questioning why a ban on these activities are not being considered in their country’s waters.
Echoing her sentiments, Chairman of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa told Nampa the moratorium is a step in the right direction as Government has taken a sustainable long-term approach to the matter.
He indicated that the fishing industry is not against phosphate mining as such, but wants the proper procedures to be followed to the letter. – See more at: http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=4004&page_type=story_detail&category_id=1#sthash.Fce9K5IW.dpuf