THE OCEAN POLICY SUMMIT (TOPS) 2005

International Conference on Integrated Ocean Policy:
National and Regional Experiences, Prospects, and Emerging Practices

11-13 October 2005 | Lisbon, Portugal
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16 October 2005

Highlights from Tuesday, 11 October 2005

The Ocean Policy Summit 2005 opened on Tuesday morning, 11 October 2005. The three-day meeting began with opening statements from invited high-level speakers and a short session to outline the purpose of the conference introduced by Biliana Cicin-Sain, Director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware.

Morning session
Mario Ruivo, Co-Chair of TOPS 2005, the Ocean Policy Summit, opens the morning session Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal Dr. Joe Borg, Commissioner, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the European Commission
Dr. Veerle Vanderweerd, Coordinator of the UNEP-GPA, Director of the Regional Seas Programme and Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, Chair of the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research in the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair of TOPS 2005 and Director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware and Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
This was followed by two panel sessions. The first panel examined the global trend towards integrated national and regional ocean policies. Participants heard presentations on the experiences, lessons learned, challenges and successes of speakers from a number of countries and regions, including: Mario Ruivo, Portuguese Committee for the IOC; Paul Sandifer, NOAA; Heui Jin Ji, Marine Policy Division, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea; Willie John, Office of the Minister of Marine Resources, Cook Islands: Magnus Ngoile, National Environmental Council of Tanzania; Victor Zular Zveibil, Environment Ministry of Brazil; and Yuriy Mikhaylichenko, Department of State Target Programmes and Capital Investments, Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Paul Sandifer, NOAA Willie John, CEO of the Office of the Minister of Marine Resources in the Cook Islands
Dr. Yuiry Mikhaylichenko, Department of State Target programs and Capital Investments, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Dr. Magnus Ngoile, Director-General, National Environment Council of Tanzania
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Afternoon session
The second panel focused on lessons learned from the experiences of Canada and Australia, two countries that introduced integrated ocean management earlier than most others. This included an analysis of the similarities and differences between the two countries’ approaches presented by David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Canada. On the differences, he noted that Canada had started out with oceans legislation, while Australia had begun with an oceans policy. Also, he noted that Canada had allocated the lead role to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, while Australia gave the Department of Environment and Heritage this responsibility.
The afternoon panel: Learning from the Most Mature Cases: Canada and Australia
Dr. Vladimir Golitsyn, Director of the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea Professor John van Dyke, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Dr. Sylvia Earle, Director of Conservation International’s Global Marine Division
As well as the panel discussions, special presentations were also made on the role of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) under the Law of the Sea, and on marine protected areas. The discussion on EEZs involved presentations from Vladimir Golitsyn, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, as well as John van Dyke, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, and Manuel Pinto de Abreu, Mission of the Portuguese Continental Shelf Extension Project. The discussion on marine protected areas began with a presentation by Sylvia A. Earle, Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and Executive Director of Conservation International’s Global Marine Division, who outlined proposals for 11 large marine protected areas she said should be given a high priority. Lynne Hale, The Nature Conservancy, and Charles Ehler, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, also spoke about marine protected area networks.
Charles Ehler, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine Dr. Gerard J. Mangone, of the University of Delaware Dr. Donna Petrachenko, First Assistant Secretary, Marine Division of the Department of the Environment and Heritage in Australia
Dr. David VanderZwaag of Dalhousie University in Canada
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