This chapter gives an overview of past mining practices in the Pacific, drawing on notorious ‘onshore examples’ with poor regulation including in Papua New Guinea (gold and copper mining) and phosphate mining in Nauru and Banaba. The disastrous legacy of these ventures is still being felt across the Pacific which has traditionally relied upon other industries such as tourism, fisheries, and forestry for their meagre incomes. After discussing the legacy of terrestrial mining (including sand mining), the authors shift the focus to the relatively unchartered territory of deep sea mining (DSM). DSM represents the future of extractive activity in the Pacific, and large deposits are currently being explored and exploited by powerful international interests. This chapter highlights the severely underdeveloped (and under-evaluated) regulatory systems across the region despite some advances by jurisdictions like Cook Islands, PNG, and Fiji. This chapter draws on regulatory literature including the work of Braithwaite, Gunningham, Black, Baldwin, and Levi-Faur to make the case for a stronger ‘risk-based’ approach.
|Title of host publication||Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific|
|Subtitle of host publication||Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities|
|Editors||Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Evan Hamman|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||37|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Aug 2020|