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Research shows the seabed around many Pacific Islands contain minerals that may, if carefully managed, provide long term benefits for those in Pacific communities- this might include less reliance on aid or the development of infrastructure.

The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the European Union has been assisting countries that want to develop their blue economy by establishing National Offshore Mineral Committees.

This 3 minute-long simpleshow (animated explainer video) depicts the importance of strengthening national institutions, and developing necessary regulatory instruments and mechanisms through a participatory approach with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that potential environment damage are limited and that this industry will benefit Pacific Island countries and their people.

The video was produced in collaboration with GRID-Arendal.







Breaking the Surface: The Future of Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific  explores how the two Pacific Island nations (Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu) are working together with their communities to manage future opportunities and impacts associated with the deep sea mining industry.

The documentary demonstrates the critical importance of the work of the Deep Sea Minerals Project to all stakeholders and takes a more regional focus to highlight the two countries’ consultation process and efforts.

Breaking the Surface is the third of a series of films supported by the SPC-EU funded Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project. The first film, "Under Pressure" examines the perspectives of different stakeholders involved with deep sea mineral resources in the Pacific, while the second film, "Out of Darkness" focuses on environmental impacts of deep sea mining.