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House of Commons

 
 

Friday 24 January 2014

 

Consideration of Bill

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Deep Sea Mining Bill


 

Kerry McCarthy

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Joan Walley

 

Nic Dakin

 

Katy Clark

 

Iain McKenzie

 

Mark Lazarowicz

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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Schedule,  page  5,  line  32,  insert—

 

            

‘In section 5 (Protection of the marine environment) leave out sections (1) and

 

(2) and insert—

 

“(a)    

In determining whether to grant an exploration or exploitation

 

licence the Secretary of State must not grant a licence unless

 

and until it can be demonstrated that there are no indications

 

for likely irreversible and or significant adverse effects as

 

defined by the United Nations’ General Assembly / UN Food

 

and Agricultural Organisation on the marine ecosystems and

 

communities impacted by one or more of these operations.

 

The absence of any such indications must be demonstrated

 

through full and transparent prior environmental impact

 

assessments and strategic impact assessments, which are

 

required to be publicly evaluated and reviewed.

 

(b)    

In determining whether to grant an exploration or exploitation

 

licence the Secretary of State must take into consideration the

 

environmental definitions and designations of international

 

bodies, including but not limited to the Convention on

 

Biological Diversity (CBD) scientific criteria for

 

‘Ecologically or Biologically Significant marine Areas

 

(EBSAs)’, the CBD guidance for the design of representative

 

networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and the food

 

and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) criteria for the

 

identification of ‘Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems’ (VMEs)

 

and any other related treaties which may come into force.”.’.

 


 
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