The Mining Code


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    The “Mining Code” refers to the whole of the comprehensive set of rules, regulations and procedures issued by ISA to regulate prospecting, exploration and exploitation of marine minerals in the international seabed Area, or the “Area” (defined as the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof beyond the limits of national jurisdiction).

    All rules, regulations and procedures are issued within the general legal framework established by UNCLOS, in particular its Part XI on the Area, and its 1994 Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS.