Trinidad and Tobago – Key statements
9 November 2022
- We hope that goodwill, the need to protect common heritage of humankind, and the need to use sustainable resources will guide our consensus.
- Called for more transparency and inclusivity going forward.
- On the northern Mid-Atlantic REMP, the delegation reiterated the need for REMPs to be in place before any exploitation activity can take place, in keeping with the need to ensure the protection and preservation of the marine environment from harmful effects that may occur from seabed mining and that the delegation cannot support the adoption of this round at this time.
- The delegation stated that “Speed should not take precedence over quality. Regulations should not be adopted in an attempt to meet a deadline.”
- Stated that as the area is the common heritage of humankind, every effort should to be taken to ensure best practices are adopted.
- Called for consideration to be “given to ecological characteristics and recovery time when considering time for independent monitoring.”
- The delegation supported others in removing the word ‘serious’ from regulations.
- The delegation stated that a compliance unit is “Imperative” to “monitor and oversee activities and adherence to rules as we seek to protect Area from harmful effects.”