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The International Workshop "Sharing Experiences on the Delimitation of the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf" was held in Palacio San Martín from October 12th to 14th, 2011. Particular emphasis was placed on providing real assistance to States whose submissions of the outer limit of their continental shelves still need to be analyzed by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). For this reason, the delegations of 18 States with similar situations effectively participated in this workshop, where they discussed the scientific grounds of the submissions to the CLCS for the purposes of unifying criteria.
Authorities of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), members of the CLCS, officers of interested areas of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the Embassies of the guest countries, members of the National Commission of the Geologic Chart, and other scientists that have collaborated with the National Commission on the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf (COPLA), who acted as moderators, were present in the workshop. Around 80 experts in the subject matter, members of 18 delegations, participated in the workshop, which opened up the possibility of new contexts of bilateral cooperation.
In short, holding this kind of activities considerably contributed to increasing and strengthening the exchange of opinions and constructive criticism needed so that the results of the tasks conducted by COPLA can be of the best possible quality, attaining an extraordinary level of technical spreading both in scientific and academic spheres, as well as in the entire citizenship.
The continuous interest aroused by the legal, scientific and economic aspects of the exploration and conservation of the seabed and subsoil motivated the "International Workshop on the Resources of the Seabed and Subsoil", jointly organized by the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) and the National Commission on the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf (COPLA). This workshop was sponsored by IDB-INTAL, Repsol-YPF and ENARSA.
This conference, attended by over 150 participants, including several foreign delegations, aimed at dealing with the problems related to the outer limit of the continental shelf, the resources of continental margins beyond 200 nautical miles, and the role of the International Seabed Authority in the administration of the resources of the Area and the sedentary species of the seabed.
The workshop "Continental Shelf-Buenos Aires 2000" was held on November 13th, 14th and 15th, 2000, for the purposes of creating a forum to share knowledge among national and foreign scientists specialized in various disciplines, such as geological, geophysical, hydrographic and legal aspects related to the determination of the outer edge of the continental margin, thus turning this seminar into an international and multidisciplinary meeting point.
The workshop intended to develop joint tasks in order to join forces aiming at the effective exercise of sovereign rights over the resources of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles by coastal States. In addition, the potential of the natural resources of continental shelves, especially oil, gas, and polymetallic formations, was considered. Once the workshop was over, all the papers of the guest speakers were received, and they were subsequently compiled, revised and published.
It should be noted that the list of speakers of this workshop included judges of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, representatives of the International Seabed Authority, officers of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, members and former members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, professors from foreign universities, and officers from other countries, which provided this workshop with great multidisciplinary wealth.