- Would like to see reference to ‘competent independent experts’ maintained within the monitoring provisions of the draft regulations on monitoring and to clarify that this is indeed monitoring, supplementing monitoring performed by the contractor.
- Finland joined others that have called for a precautionary pause, citing a clear need for more scientific research on the ecosystems in the Area and thereby improving knowledge and understanding of the impacts of exploitation, making it possible for them to be properly considered when taking decisions on the proposed activities.
- Finland noted the plea of the scientific community not to go ahead with exploitation activities at this stage has been clear and in Finland’s view, well reasoned.
- Called for the results of test mining to be made public and highlighted the need for stakeholder consultation
- Highlighted that the contractor is liable for damage caused
- The delegation called for exploitation to not commence before strict environmental standards are in place and that more scientific research is needed.
- Finland considered the paper presented by Germany “ a good starting point for further development of instructions on how to set normative environmental thresholds.” They also stressed the need to apply the precautionary principle when setting these thresholds.