Proceeding with Caution: South Africa's Seabed Mining Decision

Proceeding with Caution: South Africa's Seabed Mining Decision

The recent approval of deep-sea mining in Norway has triggered global apprehension over potential ecological consequences, leading several countries to advocate for a worldwide moratorium on the practice.

In contrast, South Africa is nearing approval for seabed mining for phosphate by 2030, prompting environmental organizations to call for a halt until comprehensive impact studies are conducted.

Preliminary findings suggest severe and irreversible harm to marine ecosystems, raising concerns about untested technologies like trailing suction hopper dredging. With the fishing industry at risk, South Africa's decision underscores the global need for caution and collective efforts to ensure responsible environmental stewardship.

Considering the potential risks highlighted, a cautious approach and prioritizing terrestrial ecosystem restoration before venturing into deep-sea mining seems imperative for responsible environmental management.

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