via The Namorong Report
Poor ole Sopac, trying to be a player in the region in regards to Experimental Seabed Mining (ESM) (ie: drink from the money trough of the Mining Companies – SOPAC’s reason for existing), has abided by the Mining Companies Plan for “training”. Here’s the article. We’ve provide interpretations for Akuila Tawake who has been annointed Team Leader of the EU – funded project. Check this out. One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry
Deep sea mineral training in the Pacific region
A major effort is under way to inform stakeholders from Pacific Island countries and territories about the emerging deep sea minerals industry. [There’s too much resistance to our experiment and we better start doing something about it]
Akuila Tawake, Team Leader of the European Union-funded SPC Deep Sea Minerals (DSM) Project, said that a training programme had been prepared for this regional event in order to assist stakeholders from Pacific ACP (African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) to participate in the DSM project in a ‘meaningful and effective manner.’ [Mining companies have prepared a training but needs someone to push it for them. EU says sure and SOPAC says why sure - that’s our job.]
‘After wide consultation with stakeholders in the 15 countries participating in the project, the need to develop and implement a training programme became apparent,’ said Tawake. [It’s clear we need to counter the legimate concerns and questions arising from the experimental seabed mining.]
‘Part of this initiative includes a series of training workshops on technical, policy and fiscal matters relating to deep sea minerals.’
[One of the first things we are going to do is try to dazzle people with technical and policy matters. No one will know what we’re talking about (including most of us) but it will be impressive. Then we’ll bring out the numbers - talk about how much money we’ve invested and how much everyone is going to make. Always a winner this pitch]
Tawake said that the first of these is the Pacific ACP States Regional Training Workshop on Geological, Technological, Biological and Environmental Aspects of Deep Sea Minerals, which will take place in Nadi, Fiji, from 13 to 17 August.
[How can folks NOT be impressed - Geological - Technological -Biological AND Environmental Aspects!!! Phew - that out to get em. Ah boys you forgot Moral and Ethical Aspects - but hell that doesn’t matter does it?]
As well as using the in-house capacity at SPC to conduct the workshop, a number of experts have been selected to assist, including two internationally renowned deep sea mineral scientists, Doctor Jim Hein and Professor Chuck Fisher.
[And even though we at SPC can conduct this workshop we’re bringing in some outside “experts” to dazzle you with facts and figures. And the two we’re bringing in our RENOWNED deep sea scientists. Are they now really? They sure are and look what the two have been doing - supporting mining industries throughout their careers! Hey we have an idea why let those who are questioning experimental seabed mining bring int RENOWNED deep sea mining scientists - who haven’t been working for the companies? How about that? Naw - can’t be doing something like that - this isn’t about debating the issue - this is about pushing experimental seabed mining! Sorry we almost forgot!]
Dr Hein, a senior scientist at the US Geological Survey, has more than 35 years’ experience in studying marine mineral deposits, while Professor Fisher, Professor of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, has spent more than 30 years studying biological communities associated with deep sea minerals.
‘The aim of the workshop, which targets representatives from government departments such as mineral and natural resources, environment and fisheries, is to develop and enhance the participants’ knowledge of specific geological, technological, biological and environmental issues of deep sea minerals. [Again with the geological, technological, biological and environmental issues. Trying hard to impress us but you’re not succeeding. But nice to see who you are “tragetting” to “enhance their knowledge”. In other words convince them all is fine with digging up the sea.]
‘Representatives of civil society groups from the region have also been invited and financially supported to attend and participate,’ said Tawake. [See how great we are - not only are we inviting those damn pesky civil society groups - we’re also paying for them to come. How about that!!! Good move on our part huh?]
Countries invited to take part in the event are: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
‘Training methods will include lectures, viewing of relevant video footage, training materials, exercises and active discussion, so participants will be able to assess their level of understanding of various workshop topics,’ said Tawake. [We’d chosen several methods to convince the participants we’re the good guys and the experimental seabed mining is the best thing since the invention of the wheel. We’ve also designed a method to insure the participants take away exactly what we want them to in terms of supporting experimental seabed mining] – We can see the media reports already of participants telling the media how much they learned, it was a real eye-opener and on and on!
He said that the second regional training workshop, planned for the first quarter of 2013 and aimed at governments’ policy and law makers, will focus on legal frameworks, policy and legislation, as well as on strengthening the countries’ negotiation skills with the private sector. [ And then with the success of this workshop we will have another aimed at government, law makers and we’ll dazzle them with legal frameworks - scare them if they don’t come on board - and then we’ll provide them with skills on how to negotiate with the private sector (ie: how to listen and accept what the miners want full stop.]
‘A third workshop, scheduled for later in 2013, will focus on taxation and revenue management of deep sea minerals, and will target governments’ ministries of finance and their taxation authorities,’ said Tawake. [ And then the 3rd workshop will deal with all the money to be made from this great experiment]
‘These training initiatives are all part of the capacity building component of the SPC Deep Sea Minerals Project.’. [Meaning all part of the process of insuring all “relevant” parties are on board]