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Workshop Outline – Objectives, Attendance and Feedback. Vira Atalifo SOPAC Division, SPC. Workshop Participants. Workshop Participants. The following 15 member countries of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) were represented:. Cook Islands Federated States of Micronesia Fiji

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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)
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Workshop Participants

  • International, Regional and National Agencies represented were:
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Duke University
  • European Union
  • IFM-GEOMAR
  • 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
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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
  • MUSKITS Law
  • Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI)
  • Nautilus Minerals Inc and North-South Environmental Law and
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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;
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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;
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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
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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
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DSM Project Steering Committee Meeting

Outcomes

  • 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
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DSM Project Steering Committee Meeting

Outcomes

  • 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
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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
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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.
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