Tuvalu reverses controversial decision to sponsor seabed mining

Date: April 14, 2022

Source: Pacific Beat

Author: Prianka Srinivasan

Tuvalu’s government has rescinded its support to explore deep sea mining in the country’s waters.

The government had sponsored mining firm Circular Metals Tuvalu last December to apply for an exploration permit with the International Seabed Authority.

But Foreign Minister Simon Kofe said the government has now reversed the sponsorship.

“After concerns from the government as well as within particularly the foreign ministry, we’ve had to rescind that support that we had initially given last year,” Mr Kofe said.

Mr Kofe said the seabed mining sponsorship was a result of legislation passed by the former government, which allowed a seabed minerals authority to support Circular Metals Tuvalu’s bid.

But, the minister said his government was now “standing firm” in its opposition to the activity.

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