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Workshop Participants

The following 15 member countries of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) were represented:

  • Cook Islands

  • Federated States of Micronesia

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Kiribati

  • Marshall Islands

  • Nauru

  • Niue

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Samoa

  • Solomon Islands

  • Tonga

  • Tuvalu

  • United States and Vanuatu

  • The following Governments also sent representatives:

  • South Korea

  • Peoples Republic of China and

  • Timor Leste (a beneficiary of the DSM Project by request of the European Union)

Workshop Participants

  • International, Regional and National Agencies represented were:

  • Commonwealth Secretariat

  • Duke University

  • European Union


  • International Seabed Authority

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI)

  • National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

  • Pennsylvania State University

  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

  • UNEP/GRID-Arendal

  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)

  • and World Bank

Workshop Participants

  • The following private sector and civil society entities were represented:

  • Anindilyakwa Land Council

  • BECA International Limited

  • Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc

  • Eco-Strategic Consultants

  • Envi-Green Pacific Consultancy Limited

  • Fiji Environmental Law Association

  • GeoPacific Limited

  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific

  • Kontiki Capital

  • Minerals Policy Institute


  • Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI)

  • Nautilus Minerals Inc and North-South Environmental Law and

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Workshop Objectives

  • Captures the significance of deep sea mineral for the region and the need for in-depth information sharing on this new industry;

  • Experts to talk on a broad range of issues related to deep sea minerals and mining;

  • Stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities, needs and priorities and agree on a number of broad outcomes for the way forward.

DSM Project Communication and Visibility

  • Press release prepared and issued in February to media outlets in the region – “Regional Project to Promote Mineral Wealth”

  • Pacific Reach Limited contracted in May - Media works (prepare and disseminate press releases, TV and radio interviews, media liaison) prior to, during, and soon after the project inception workshop.

  • Two news articles published leading up to the workshop - led to expression of interest from various stakeholders in attending the workshop.

DSM Project Communication and Visibility

  • All project meetings and important activities will be released through the media, also highlighting the financial support of the EU.

Fig 1:Samples of DSM Project press releases within and outside the region.

Specific Purposes of Workshop

  • Present the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals (DSM) Project together with the current status of marine minerals exploration and mining in the region;

  • Provide representatives of participating countries with relevant information on various aspects of deep sea minerals;

  • Highlight deep sea minerals potential in the region and promote information sharing;

Specific Purposes of Workshop

  • Encourage countries and stakeholders to share their experiences and concerns as well as their expectation of the Project;

  • Stimulate discussions among stakeholders, and experts are expected to provide appropriate advice and guidance during the discussions;

  • Disseminate DSM Project Information Brochures and other relevant information to stakeholders;

Specific Purposes of Workshop

  • Discuss collaborative opportunities with potential partners;

  • Identify challenges / needs / priorities with recommended approaches / strategies.

  • Consider feedbacks from stakeholders to improve task implementation and stakeholder participation;

  • Collective agreement on some broad outcomes for the way forward in the next four years

DSM Project Steering Committee Meeting

  • Held on Wednesday evening 8th June 2011 at Tanoa

  • Oversee and validate the overall direction and policy of the project and keep track of the implementation of project activities

  • Representatives of participating countries, the DSM Team, a representative from the EU Delegation and the Secretary General of the PIFS as the Regional Authorising Officer

  • Next meeting October 2011, back to back with STAR/Heads of Geoscience Meeting

DSM Project Steering Committee Meeting


  • Translating Project information brochures to local languages in the region

  • Country-specific information brochures should be handed to the country of origin for information and distribution

  • DSM Project needs to target priority areas in each country and avoid having to spread its resources too thinly

DSM Project Steering Committee Meeting


  • PICs participating in the DSM Project could make a request for technical assistance at any time

  • Possible inclusion of Pacific Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the DSM Project

  • Australia and New Zealand’s interest to engage with the DSM Project should be explored

Suggestions for Improvement Include:-

  • Provide time for PIC’s reps to meet and jointly develop their talks based on pressing issues in their respective countries

  • Sessions to be organized so that presentations on similar topics are to be discussed jointly

  • As a single workshop, it was excellent but need to maintain momentum by following-up with smaller groups or countries

  • Capture what has been gained from this workshop and shape the next one to the most identified important areas

Suggestions for Improvement Include:-

  • Provide more information on the science and biology of DSM

  • Timely disseminate reports and new R & D information to stakeholders at all levels

  • Include community participation at separate meetings or sessions with the inclusion of FFA &/or fisheries officials, similar for tourism and other marine use sectors.