Deep sea mining is bad: Activist

Roselyn Erehe | The Sunday Bulletin | 25th November 2018

DEEP sea mining is a risk to the people’s way of life and a threat to the environment says activist Lucielle Paru.

The deep sea mining which covers 16 marine-time provinces in Papua New Guinea does not have laws governing the seas, said Paru.

“We don’t have any laws governing our seas and how they should be managed,” Deep Sea Mining Campaign- Papua Land Rights Council and activist, Paru said.

There is a high possibility of the deep sea mining running through New Guinea Islands – Manus, East New Britain, and New Ireland; the Momase region – East and West Sepik, Morobe and Madang province; and the Southern region- Oro and Milne Bay provinces.

She raised her concern on the issue of Deep Sea Mining in relation to Papua New Guineans not taking the issue too seriously by letting the government and foreigners mine their land at the helm of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.

“That is a very big issue in terms of how the sea should be mined and how to govern the ocean, and whose territory it is,” Paru said.

She called on the people to not only see the benefits of mining but to also see the disadvantages of mining operations in the country.

She said, “The world may be looking at technology and the world maybe looking at mining but how much does that actually benefits us? And we are actually destroying what belongs to us.”

“Why are we allowing other countries to come into our country and destroying what makes us proud”.

Paru will be the first Papua New Guinean to represent the country and bring the ‘deep sea mining’ issue to the United Nations (UN) attention during the UN conference in Geneva- Switzerland from the 26th – 28th November, this year.

Her aim is to ask the UN to ban the deep sea mining in PNG and hopefully in the Pacific as well.

Issues she’ll be raising at the UN meeting are;

  • Mining Territory Claims
  • Environment and Climate change, especially when Papua New Guineans are depending on sustainable living, like fishing.

And basically how all these issues are linked to deep sea mining and how the people of PNG will be affected if its operations take place in PNG and in the Pacific Ocean.

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