Date(s) - 25/11/2019 - 29/11/2019
University of Evora
Workshop on the Regional Environmental Management Plan for the Area of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the Atlantic REMP Project (funded by European Union) and the Government of Portugal,will convene the First Workshop on Regional Environmental Management Plan (REMP) for the Area of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), at the University of Évora, Évora, Portugal, from 25-29 November 2019.
The workshop aims (i) to review and analyze seafloor and water column ecosystem data from the northern mid-Atlantic ridge (MAR), (ii) to synthesize environmental data, faunal distribution, faunal dispersal capabilities and distances, genetic connectivity, patterns of biodiversity, community structure, ecosystem function, and ecological proxy variables along and across the northern MAR, (iii) to review current exploration activity within contract areas and distribution of resources (polymetallic sulfides) along the northern MAR, (iv) to describe potential areas that could be vulnerable to exploitation of mineral resources in the Area and would require enhanced management measures, and (v) to describe potential areas in the Area that could be reserved from exploitation in order to achieve effective protection of the marine environment, including through the designation of areas of particular environmental interests (APEIs).
The results of this first workshop will provide scientific inputs to the second workshop on the regional environmental plan for Area of the northern MAR to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in June 2020, which will focus on identifying specific management measures for developing draft elements for inclusion in the REMP.
Submission of nomination of experts to particpate in the workshop
Members of ISA, in particular sponsoring States, as well as contractors and relevant international and regional organizations, projects/programs and initiatives, and relevant academic institutions/scientific groups, are invited to nominate experts to participate in this workshop. . A description of the workshop background, objectives and expected outputs is available in the workshop Terms of Reference for ease of reference.
For more information, follow the link to the ISA website