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Sustainability of mining of iron-manganese deposits in the Rio Grande Rise

Grant number: 16/10091-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2016
Effective date (End): January 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Biological Oceanography
Acordo de Cooperação: NERC, UKRI
Principal Investigator:Alexander Turra
Grantee:Francesc Montserrat Trotsenburg
Host Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/50820-7 - Marine ferromanganese deposits: a major resource of E-tech elements, AP.TEM


This research proposal developed under FAPESP/NERC/Project: Marine ferromanganese deposits - a major resource of E-tech elements (MarineE-tech) has the aim to address socio-economic issues of mining ferromanganese deposits located in the Brazilian outer continental shelf at 40°W and 30°S, in the Rio Grande Rise (RGR). Main objective is the sustainability of a mining venture of a deposit in the outer continental shelf, considering economic and environmental issues. The project will identify and quantify the potential (cumulative) anthropogenic impacts and pressures in the RGR, e.g., pollution and fisheries, as well as and map the (functional) biodiversity, habitat types (geodiversity), ecosystem processes and ecosystem services in the RGR area. In addition, a desktop study based on literature review and in-depth social surveys will checklist deep seabed mining impacts on marine goods and services that will be contextualized within the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment framework. Benefits from preserving marine ecosystem services, in particular in the high seas and deep seabed, as already proposed in the literature, will be compared with the opportunity costs of deep seabed mining to some important sectors of the marine Brazilian economy (mainly fisheries). The project also intends to integrate stakeholders engaged into this activity within the Brazilian government and support the discussion on a Strategic Environmental Management Planning. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MONTSERRAT, FRANCESC; GUILHON, MAILA; FERRAZ CORREA, PAULO VINICIUS; BERGO, NATASCHA MENEZES; SIGNORI, CAMILA NEGRAO; TURA, PEDRO MARONE; MALY, MASCIMILIANO DE LOS SANTOS; MOURA, DENISE; JOVANE, LUIGI; PELLIZARI, VIVIAN; et al. Deep-sea mining on the Rio Grande Rise (Southwestern Atlantic): A review on environmental baseline, ecosystem services and potential impacts. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART I-OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PAPERS, v. 145, p. 31-58, . (16/24677-8, 17/11884-8, 16/10091-1, 16/16183-5, 14/50820-7)
GUILHON, MAILA; MONTSERRAT, FRANCESC; TURRA, ALEXANDER. ecognition of ecosystem-based management principles in key documents of the seabed mining regime: implications and further recommendation. ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, v. 78, n. 3, p. 884-899, . (16/10091-1, 14/50820-7, 19/14537-2, 16/24677-8)
GRILLI, NATALIA DE MIRANDA; XAVIER, LUCIANA YOKOYAMA; JACOBI, PEDRO ROBERTO; TURRA, ALEXANDER. Integrated science for coastal management: Discussion on a local empirical basis. OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT, v. 167, p. 219-228, . (11/50317-5, 16/10091-1)

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