Lobbying for a moratorium on marine phosphate mining


In collaboration with WWF-SA, the RFA funded the development of a strategy to tackle the harmful practice of bulk marine sediment mining of the ocean floor. The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is implementing the strategy and has established the Safeguard our Seabed Coalition (SOSC).

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SOSC believes that a moratorium on bulk marine sediment mining should be established until, at a minimum, appropriate impact studies have been conducted, and a strategic environmental assessment has been concluded so that the knock-on effects of seabed mining on established and renewable industries, such as fisheries and tourism, are known.

Attached below are the three CER fact sheets for more information on marine mining environmental impacts as well as the following report papers:

  • Valuing the socio-economic contribution of the fisheries and other marine uses in South Africa
  • Brief overview of potential ecosystem impacts of marine phosphate mining in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Assessing the desirability of marine phosphate mining amongst strategies for a sustainable supply of phosphates

Attachments

  1. SOS Fact Sheet 1 (281.3 KiB)
    The looming threat of bulk marine sediment mining

  2. SOS Fact Sheet 2 (155.1 KiB)
    Marine phosphate mining - South African context

  3. SOS Fact Sheet 3 (370.4 KiB)
    Seabed mining a global threat to our oceans - International context

  4. Brick, K. & Hasson, R. (2016) Valuing the socio-economic contribution of fisheries and other marine uses in South Africa (4.1 MiB)
    A socio-economic assessment in the context of marine phosphate mining

  5. Ecosystem Impacts Report Publication (5.1 MiB)
    Brief overview of potential ecosystem impacts of marine phosphate mining in the Western Cape, South Africa

  6. Assessing the Desirability of Marine Phosphate Publication (5.2 MiB)
    Assessing the desirability of marine phosphate mining amongst strategies for a sustainable supply of phosphates

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