- We need clear rules, broadly debated, based on science, with a clear vision which is compatible with the responsibility to future generations. We consider that a cautionary moratorium both in national and international waters is the right approach. This is based fundamentally on two arguments.
- 1. There is not enough independent scientific info as to the dynamic of marine environment
- 2. There is not a solid and robust legal framework for the sustainable development of deep-sea mining
- Panama reaffirmed their position that they will not support mining without sufficient scientific information.
- Support Costa Rica and the need for an independent scientific research programme.
- Panama reiterated that given the lack of scientific information for us to take decisions based on evidence, there is a need to implement a precautionary pause with regard to starting mining.
- Echoed concerns stated by The Ocean Foundation on what would occur if one transferee assumes more responsibilities.
- Panama highlighted that it’s very important that when it comes to discovery of new species, there’s full transparency so that the scientific community can avail of that.
- Panama stated that they “will not support any systems that puts the protection of the marine environment on a second level. We need to take decisions based on science and a very clear vision on our intergenerational responsibility.”
- The delegation added that “Panama support Costa Rica’s proposal to establish a precautionary pause and to wait until everything is completely clear before progressing with exploitation activities.”