Portugal has one of the world’s largest continental shelves and there is an active interest in placing the country at the forefront of the new chimera of extractivist industrialisation. Therefore, it became urgent for members of Oceano Livre coalition to forge a resilience against the deterioration on the oceans and planet earth, through education and awareness-raising campaigns and the promotion of alternatives.
Our stand is clear: humankind does not need deep sea mining.

Deep sea mining is not necessary in a world committed to sustainable production and consumption, as per the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Unless we stop to think, we risk to destroy, one of the most pristine and unknown ecosystems of the planet, that plays a vital role in the planet’s balance, on behalf of an obsolete dream of unlimited growth.*

Deep sea mining presents a serious threat to the oceans’ biodiversity. It is a fragile and vulnerable ecosystem, in which environmental impacts cannot be assessed on the short-term. These impacts can prove to be irreversible and can possibly extend for thousands of years with immeasurable repercussions. In comparison, the surface of the moon is documented in greater detail than the depths of the earth’s oceans. The paucity in scientific knowledge, as well as many uncertainties about the oceans’ dynamics, ask for a precautionary approach and demand for more sustainable and resilient alternatives.

Conference “Deep Sea Mining – A sustainable choice for Portugal?”

27 October 2017, Lisbon Oceanarium

Oceano Livre, a coalition of Portuguese NGOs concerned about deep sea mining is pleased to invite you to the conference “Deep Sea Mining – A sustainable choice for Portugal?”. The conference will take place in Lisbon, on the 27th of October 2017, from 9h00 to 17h00 at the Auditorium “Mar da Palha” – Lisbon Oceanarium, Portugal. 

Commercial interest in deep sea mining is rising rapidly internationally and in the European Union. However, this new area of economic activity also poses important sustainability issues: with mining activities potentially stretching over decades, the impacts may be felt for thousands of years. While test mining is starting, there are still many technological and legal constraints, and too many unknowns regarding the environmental and wider impacts of the sector. Portugal is currently facing a critical sustainability decision as it considers an application for mineral exploration and exploitation in the hydrothermal vent fields of the Azores. 

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