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 Thursday, 13 October 2005

TOPS 2005 DRAWS TO A CLOSE

The Ocean Policy Summit 2005 ended at 6:20 pm on Thursday, 13 October 2005. The final day began with a report from a recent roundtable meeting for business and industry leaders. This was followed by a panel discussion on principles for integrated national and regional ocean governance in a session chaired by Awni Benham, President of the International Ocean Institute. The discussion included presentations from John Roberts, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK; Prue Taylor, Deputy Director of the New Zealand Center for Environmental Law; and Jon van Dyke, University of Hawaii.

Panel on Principles for Integrated National and Regional Ocean Governance, chaired by Dr. Awni Behnam, President of the International Ocean Institute
Paul Holthus, Executive Director of the Marine Aquarium Council, presents the report from the Business and Industry Leaders Roundtable, held the day before at the Luso-American Foundation
Dr. Prue Taylor of the University of Auckland
This was followed by a panel discussion on how to achieve national and subnational collaboration in national ocean policies. The session was chaired by Diane James, Chair of the Victorian Coastal Council, Australia, and involved speakers from Brazil, the U.S., the Philippines, and Viet Nam.
Panel on Achieving National/Subnational Collaboration in National Ocean Policies, chaired by Diane Jones of the Victorian Coastal Council in Australia
Diane Jones of the Victorian Coastal Council in Australia
Isabel Torres de Noronha of the Conference of the Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and the University of Delaware
Dr. Rui Azevedo, Director of the Forward Planning Unit at CPMR
Dr. Nguyen Chu Hoi, Director of the Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning in the Ministry of Fisheries in Viet Nam
Jay Batongbacal, Philippine Center for Marine Affairs
In the afternoon, there were two final panel sessions. The first focused on implementing national ocean policies, including financial considerations, evaluation and stakeholder support. This session was chaired by Donna Petrachenko, National Oceans Office, Australia.
Panel on Issues in Implementing National Ocean Policies, Financial Considerations, Evaluation and Stakeholder Support, chaired by Dr. Donna Petrachenko
Dawn Martin, Executive Director of SEAWEB
Dr. Kevin Potter, Director of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Dr. Stefano Belfiore of the IOC
The second afternoon panel focused on regional ocean policies and, in particular, ways to facilitate national-regional collaboration and linkages. This session was chaired by Magnus Ngoile, Director General, National Environment Management Council of Tanzania.
Panel on Enhancing Regional Ocean Policies and National/Regional Links, chaired by Dr. Magnus Ngoile, Director General of the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania
There was also a briefing on a recent meeting for small island developing States, and briefings on the working group discussions held the previous day. The working groups had addressed questions on barriers to the formulation and implementation of national policies; key lessons learned and how national policy formation might best be catalyzed; whether there is a need for continued comparative learning on policy and governance, and how that might be achieved; and how capacity development opportunities can be enhanced.
Dr. Ivica Trumbic, Director of the Priority Actions Programme at the Regional Activity Center of UNEP's Mediterranean Action Plan
James Hardcastle of the Seychelles spoke on experiences in the Western Indian Ocean
Dr. Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Head of the Department of Human Geography at the University of Seville
Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain closes the conference Laurent d'Ozouville, Director of the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology
The conference ended late Thursday afternoon with closing speeches from Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, who thanked the organizers, sponsors, supporters, speakers, panelists and participants. She also explained that the main official outcome will be a “succinct” and “forward-looking” conference report. In addition, Mario Ruivo, President of the Portuguese Committee for the IOC, reflected that considerable progress had been made at this event, and David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Canada, welcomed the energy generated at the meeting to fight for the goal of sustainable seas and healthy communities and residents along our coasts. The closing speech was presented by Manuel Lobo Antunes, State Secretary for National Defense and Maritime Affairs, Portugal. The meeting closed at 6:20 pm.
The closing plenary included reports from the working groups
Portuguese State Secretary for National Defense and Military Affairs, Dr. Manuel Lobo Antunes
Dr. David VanderZwaag, Conference Vice-Chair; Dr. Bilian Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair, State Secretary Antunes; Dr. Mario Ruivo, Co-Chair at the closing of the Conference
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