Development of Environmental Management Plan for Deep-Sea Mining

  • Rahul SharmaEmail author


Deep-sea mining is currently at a stage when several mine sites have been identified, mining technologies are under development, processing technologies are being tested, studies for assessing potential environmental impacts have been conducted by different contractors, and guidelines for monitoring the impacts have been issued by the International Seabed Authority. At this stage, it is essential to review the information acquired so far in relation to environmental impacts so as to enable development of an environmental management plan for deep-sea mining which will include analyses of the background resource and environmental data, prediction of potential environmental impacts of commercial mining, identification of mitigation measures, and ensure compliance with regulatory authority’s stipulations.



The author acknowledges the contribution of Ms. Pooja Kamat in compiling information for certain sections of this chapter during her internship at the Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIR-National Institute of OceanographyCouncil of Scientific and Industrial ResearchDona PaulaIndia

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