Inequitable allocation of rights to exploit sea-bed and marine resources

Other Names:
Discriminatory exploitation of sea-bed resources

It is predicted that not being a signatory to the Law of the Sea Convention might rule out a sea-bed miner of metalliferous ores from certain receivers. Restrictions on the export of high technology for sea-bed mining, and patents protecting the owners of patent rights on parts of deep sea-bed technology, are potential commercial limitations on exploitation of sea-bed resources.


Developing countries that are land-locked and otherwise geographically disadvantaged in relation to access to the sea are discriminated against in proposals, including those by maritime developing countries, for the sharing of the world's deep sea mineral and other resources. Exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the sea, extending 200 miles, and in some cases 550 miles, depending on the length of the continental shelf, give an unfair allocation of rights.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 14: Life Below Water
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 19:58 CEST