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Pacific Blue Line hopes more nations follow France's stance on deep sea mining

The Pacific Blue Line collective is hoping more nations will follow France's stance on deep sea mining.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced this week at COP27 that he supports a ban on deep sea mining (DSM), a firm stance against deep sea mining after he called for caution at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon in June this year.

Delegates of the International Seabed Authority or ISA have been meeting in Jamaica to discuss deep-sea mining regulations.

The ISA, with 167 member states as well as the European Union, is the authority mandated by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to organise, regulate and control all mineral-related activities on the international seabed.

The Pacific Network on Globalisation, or PANG, is part of the Pacific Blue Line, a regional collective of Pacific non-government organisations and churches who are also at the meeting.

However, there is a divide within the Pacific on DSM.

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