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Oceans and natural resources

Commonwealth countries are endowed with immense and precious natural resources. These include millions of square kilometres of ocean space and rich fields of gas and oil, minerals and metals, as well as endless renewable reserves in wind and solar energy.

When managed equitably and sustainably, the exploitation of natural resources bolsters national and natural resilience to economic and social crises, improving prosperity for all citizens.

The Commonwealth Secretariat assists its member countries to sustainably manage their natural resources, in the ocean and on land, for the benefit of present and future generations.

We offer governments legal and technical support to develop policies and laws and strengthen national institutions. In collaboration with development partners, we deliver creative solutions for the benefit of our member countries as they seek to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Legalities seabed mining explored new working group

An expert group of international lawyers specialising in oceans law met at Marlborough House to discuss key legal issues relating to seabed mining in international waters. MORE

The Blue Economy comes home to the Pacific

A blog by Jeff Ardron, Adviser on Ocean Governance at the Commonwealth. MORE

Deep sea mining: regulating an emerging industry 

Deep beneath the ocean, the seabed holds rich deposits of minerals: gold, silver, cobalt, copper, nickel, zinc, as well as lesser known chemical elements like tellurium - used to make solar panels. MORE

‘Preserve ocean health,’ urges Commonwealth Secretary-General at Ocean Conference

Secretary-General today urged the world to take action to protect the ocean environment and safeguard the future of nations who depend on the marine economy. MORE