Rademaekers K., Widerberg O., Svatikova K., van der Veen R., Panella E. (2015) Deep-seabed exploitation. Tackling economic, Environmental and societal challenges, Study. Commissioned by: European Parliament/STOA.
Exploration and exploitation of the deep-seas in search of marine minerals and genetic resources have over the past fifteen years received increased attention. Developments in sub-marine technologies, rising raw material prices and scarcity, and advancements in biotechnology, are changing the business-case for further investments in the marine environment. This report provides a state-of-play overview on exploring and exploiting deep-sea resources. A Cost-Benefit Analysis identifies the main potentials and challenges in a scenario where exploitation increases. Policy options are suggested to balance trade-offs between economic, social and environmental aspects associated with future developments.
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European Parliament / Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) (STOA)