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Help for Pacific countries seabed mining development

Help for Pacific countries seabed mining development

Updated 15 February 2012, 12:50 AEDT

Pacific Island countries are to get help to enable them to be global leaders in seabed mining.

Papua New Guinea is likely to be the first country in the world to begin commercial mining of the sea floor and others like Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are lining up to take part.

Mining will utilitise rich deposits containing copper, gold, silver and zinc but can't go ahead until countries have the necessary legislation in place to protect their environment and ensure they get a fair share of the economic benefits.

The Pacific Geoscience Commission has announced a new project to help the 15 Forum Island countries develop their seabed mining policy.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Akuila Tawake, Geologist and Project leader

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