Alanna Matamaru Smith is Director of Te Ipukarea Society (TIS), an environmental NGO based in the cook islands. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management from Otago University New Zealand, and a Masters in Conservation Biology from Victoria University, New Zealand. Through TIS Alanna has worked on various conservation projects throughout the country. With increasing commercial interests in polymetallic nodules within the Cook Islands EEZ, Seabed mining has become a pressing topic. As such TIS has been working to raise public awareness on the potential impacts of seabed mining. TIS have worked with community groups presenting to the potential environmental impacts of sbm as well as monitoring closely how government proceed with this industry.
Is the fate of our deep sea in the hands of mining companies?
Our first speaker at ASftS#7 was Alanna Smith. She is the director of the environmental organisation Te Ipukarea in the Cook Islands. Last year the Cook Islands signed three Seabed minerals exploration licences. One of the companies involved is the Belgium-based dredging company DEME. As Alanna was…