India – Key statements

Date: 11 November 2022

March 2023


  • Wonders how the LTC can approve an application without final Rules, Regulations and Procedures.


  • Contractors should not spend too much time or money on monitoring.
  • India stated that “It cannot be the responsibility of the contractor to explore the entire area and identify underwater cultural heritage, at the best it can be a shipwreck.”


  • Called for regulations to include ‘mitigate harm.’ The Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative highlighted that “Any harm is essentially permanent and ecological restoration is an “impossible goal.”

October/November 2022


  • India called for next year’s meetings to be in hybrid mode.


  • Stated that deep-sea mining should only occur under robust regulations and can only proceed when these regulations are in place. 


  • The delegation stated that “As we are dealing with commercial exploitation of the common heritage of humankind we should not be in a hurry or to be seen to be in a hurry however the 2 year clause did push us to work in this area. We should try to reach consensus and conciliation which is preferred under the convention. India wishes to try to proceed by 2023.
  • India stated that the proposed roadmap puts a lot of pressure on us and our resources

July/August 2022


  • Stated that contractors are not only polluters but innovators

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