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Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

Paris, France | 10 - 14 November 2003


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Highlights from Thursday, 13 November
 

 

On Thursday, 13 November, participants heard presentations on NGO and Foundation perspectives on WSSD Implementation, as well as participated in a roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities in meeting WSSD substantive objectives on oceans, coasts and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The roundtable included discussions on cross-sectoral aspects, fisheries, SIDS, biodiversity protection and marine protected areas, protection from marine pollution, achieving enhanced UN coherence, and marine science and observation. Working groups followed the roundtable discussions.

A special address on the Global Water Partnership was head in the morning and in the evening, participants met in working groups to further discuss several of the main WSSD targets covered in the roundtable session.



Special Address: Emilio Gabbrielli, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership, Organizing for the Global Water Agenda: Lessons Learned and Links to Oceans

Emilio Gabbrielli, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership, Organizing for the Global Water Agenda: Lessons Learned and Links to Oceans,

Gabbrielli described how the GWP supports countries in the sustainable development of their water resources through integrated water resources management, stressing the importance of political commitment and awareness. Explaining that the GWP works through a network of partnerships, he noted its associated programmes on gender, groundwater, flood management and river basin management, and said its success was due to its flexibility, the focus on substance, and its ability to act quickly to respond to real perceived needs. Gabbrielli said coastal management was an integral part of fresh water management. (Listen to his statement)


Session 4: NGO and Foundation Perspectives on WSSD Implementation

Hiroshi Terashima, Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Policy, Ship & Ocean Foundation, Japan, Francois Bailet, Deputy Executive Director, International Ocean Institute, Sylvia Earle, Conservation International, Chair Lynne Hale, Director, Marine Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, and Carl Lundin, Head, Marine Programme, IUCN

Chair Lynne Hale, Director, Marine Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, gives some opening remarks (2nd from the right)

Listen to statements from:
Peter Bryant, Communications Manager, Endangered Seas Programme, World Wildlife Fund International
Matthew Hatchwell, European Coordinator, The Wildlife Conservation Society
Xavier Pastor, Vice President for European Oceans, Oceana

 

Matthew Hatchwell, European Coordinator, The Wildlife Conservation Society, Xavier Pastor, Vice President for European Oceans, Oceana, and Peter Bryant, Communications Manager, Endangered Seas Programme, World Wildlife Fund International
Carl Lundin, Head, Marine Programme, IUCN, Francois Bailet, Deputy Executive Director, International Ocean Institute, and Hiroshi Terashima, Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Policy, Ship & Ocean Foundation, Japan
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Session 5: Roundtable Discussion on Challenges and Opportunities in Meeting the WSSD Substantive Objectives on Oceans, Coasts and Small Island Developing States

Cross Sectoral Aspects: Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management and Governance and Ecosystem Approaches
 
Eduardo Marone, Executive Director, International Ocean Institute, Brazil, and CEM/UFPR, Sustainability and Viability: Reinforcing the Concepts of the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, Lawrence Juda, Professor, University of Rhode Island, US, Difficulties in Implementing Ecosystem Management, and Biliana Cicin-Sain, Director, CMP, University of Delaware, The Way Forward for Coastal and Ocean Governance
Michael O'Toole, Chief Technical Advisor, Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem Programme, UNDP, Implementing the WSSD Targets through Ecosystem Management: Example from the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem, Louise Heaps, Head, WWF-UK Marine Programme, Implementing the WSSD Targets in Ecosystem Management, and Magnus Ngoile, Director General, National Environment Management Council, Tanzania, Linking Ocean and Coastal Governance to Poverty Alleviation and to Public Health Improvements

Fisheries
The dais during the panel discussion on Fisheries
Alastair MacFarlane, General Manager, Trade and Information, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Ltd. (SEAFIC), Jorge Varela, Senior International and Legal Advisor, South American Oceans and Antartica Office, Oceana, Chile, Eliminating Fisheries Subsidies, and Serge Garcia, Director, Fishery Resources Division, FAO, The Way Forward in Fisheries
Hance Smith, Reader, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, The Regional Management of Fisheries, Grant Trebble, Coordinator, AMCROPS, South Africa

Small Island Developing States; and Biodiversity Protection and Marine Protected Areas
SIDS: John Low, Natural Resources Advisor, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Fiji (left)
Biodiversity: Bud Ehler, Vice-IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (Marine), and Director, International Programmes Office, NOAA, Toward Representative Networks of Marine Protected Areas by 2012, and Daniel Laffoley, Head, Marine Conservation, English Nature

Protection from Marine Pollution
Dandu Paghiuc, Chief Technical Adviser, GloBallast, International Maritime Organization, and David Osborn, Programme Officer, UNEP/GPA, Achieving Substantial Progress in GPA by 2006

Achieving Enhanced Coherence in the UN vis-à-vis Oceans, Coasts and Islands
Louise de la Fayette, Principal Legal Officer, UNDOALOS, said the establishment of a Global Marine Assessment (GMA), endorsed by the UN General Assembly, would provide a scientific basis for sound decision making, Alan Simcock, Executive Secretary, OSPAR Commission, and past Co-Chair, UNICPOLOS, stressed the need to focus on regional agreements, the process and transparency in developing a GMA, and Salif Diop, Division of Early Warning and Assessment, stressed the need for regional and developing country involvement in the GMA process.
Charlotte de Fontaubert, IUCN Consultant

Marine Science and Observation Contribution to the WSSD Agenda
Johannes Guddal, Co-President, Joint WMO/IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) (left), and Peter Burbridge, Sustainable Development Expert, Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) IPO, The Netherlands, and Tony Knapp, CO-Chair Coastal Ocean Observations Panel (COOP), Global Ocean Observing System



Links

Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands website: http://www.globaloceans.org/globalconference/index.html.
Draft Conference Programme: http://www.globaloceans.org/globalconference/pdf/ParisConferenceProgram.pdf.
UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org.
Sustainable Developments’ coverage of “The Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10: Assessing Progress, Addressing Continuing and New Challenges” (December 2001): http://www.iisd.ca/crs/ocrio+10/.
UN Division for Sustainable Development’s Oceans and Seas page: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/ocean/ocean.htm.
UN Division for Sustainable Development’s Small Island Developing States Page: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sids/sids.htm.
Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet): http://www.sidsnet.org/.



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