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MANILA, Philippines – Scientists who recently went on an expedition to the Benham Rise were able to extensively study the area off the coast of Aurora province through cutting-edge technology.
Experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, University of the Philippines, and Oceana Philippines had set off for Benham Rise last May 29 and returned on May 31.
It’s a territory bigger than the Philippines’ biggest island, Luzon, and it’s rich in resources such as steel-producing minerals and natural gas. Filipinos first reached the shallowest portion of Benham Rise in 2014.
The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) approved Benham Rise as the Philippines’ extended continental shelf 3 years after the country filed a claim and defended it before the UN commission.
This was also the Philippines’ first successful validation of a territorial claim under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), according to a paper on Benham Rise prepared by parties privy to the claim. The UNCLCS was formed under UNCLOS.
On Thursday, June 23, at 3:30 pm, Rappler will talk to marine scientist Marianne Pan-Saniano about their latest expedition to the Benham Rise.
Watch the interview here LIVE. – Rappler.com
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