Bishops of PNG & SI urge ban on deep sea mining
As the UN Commission on the Oceans gathers in Sweden for this World Day of the Ocean on 8 June, the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands are urging the PNG Government to ban deep sea mining.
Speaking after the recent meeting of bishops, Cardinal Sir John Ribat said that:
“We were informed that the machines belonging to the company Nautilus have arrived already in Port Moresby and are ready to go ahead with the testings of technology for seabed mining in the waters of PNG,” Sir John said.
“This will be the first of its kind for such technology to be tested in PNG and if successful, the actual seabed mining will be done in many parts of Pacific with the agreement of the different island countries and that is a great concern.”
He said responsible use of the environment and resources was a duty and task, for everyone.
And the Catholic bishops support the coastal people and the groups who raised their voice to question the proposed seabed mining.
“What kind of international agreement permits foreign companies to engage in practices and processes which in their own country are illegal.
“The sea is a treasure for all and should never become a playground of exploitation. Seabed mining will cause direct physical destruction of the unique ecosystems and in terms of benefits, we have many mining operations on the land and the landowners, the people are still disadvantaged.
“Now we are trying to dig from the sea and what guarantee of satisfaction and benefits will the people and the country reap to satisfy.”
Source: Pasifik News