A further report has surfaced that raises serious questions about the propriety of the experimental seabed mining project Solwara 1 and points out that it is not supported by local people and has the potential to be socially, economically, and environmentally destructive.
The report, Nautilus Minerals Inc, prepared in 2008, finds that it is abundantly clear that local and regional leadership have inadequate information regarding both the Nautilus company and its explicit technical plans.
The report also finds that the awareness of local biological diversity and its documented (and in some cases, expropriated) uses is inadequate to insure any appropriate oversight and management of indigenous resources by the Government of Papua New Guinea
Further local people are not aware of the degree to which the proposed operation is likely subject to significant international intellectual property considerations that are neither owned nor overtly documented to have been licensed to the company.
The report was prepared by M Cam Financial and Management Advisors and is based on extensive research and consultation in the Rabaul region, Port Moresby and Fiji.
The report author, Dr David Martin, concludes
There is sufficient opacity so as to preclude entering into full-disclosure binding agreements regarding Nautilus access to land and sea resources to commence operations. The leadership of the Komgi Village has unanimously voiced its opposition to authorizing any use of, or access through, lands under their common control at this time pending the adequate addressing of all concerns regarding guaranteed and absolute preservation of all marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
On Friday a separate report, Out of Our Depth, was published which details the serious environmental and social impacts expected as a result of the unprecedented experimental mining of the ocean floor in PNG.
Professor Richard Steiner has also published a devastating analysis of Nautilus Minerals deeply flawed Environmental Impact Statement – EIS not fit for its purpose.