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The Pew Tokyo Whale Symposium

L-R: Joshua S. Reichert, Managing Director, Pew Environment Group; Judge Neroni Slade, Chair of the Tokyo Whale Symposium; Dr. Srikantha Herath, Senior Academic Programme Officer and Officer-in-Charge of UNU’s Environment and Sustainable Development Programme; and Rémi Parmentier, Senior Policy Consultant, the Pew Environment Group
Highlights for Wednesday, 30 January 2008

The Second Pew Whale Symposium, entitled “A change in climate for whales – Is there a common way forward?,” opened today at UN University (UNU) Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Joshua Reichert, Managing Director, Pew Environment Group, welcomed participants to the meeting. A welcome address was delivered by Srikantha Herath, UNU Environment and Sustainable Development Programme, on behalf of UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder. Symposium Chair Tuiloma Neroni Slade, former judge at the International Criminal Court, addressed the current state of the whaling debate, highlighting main points of discussion.

During a session entitled “The current state of the whaling debate: views from Japan,” presentations were made by: Joji Morishita, Japanese Fisheries Agency; Toshio Kasuya, independent cetacean specialist, Japan; and Jun Hoshikawa, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan. Discussion focused on: the legitimacy and legality of scientific whaling; cultural aspects of whaling; public opinion; the compatibility of lethal and non-lethal uses of whales; and the economic value of whaling.

The second session addressed “Conflict management and biodiversity: interactions between governments, NGOs and the private sector.” The presenters were: Akio Morishima, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan Climate Policy Centre; Juan Mayr, Former Environment Minister of Colombia; Olivier Deleuze, UNEP; and Sam Johnston, UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) on behalf of A.H. Zakri, Director of UNU IAS and Former Vice-President of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Participants discussed: the role of science in guiding political decisions; parallels between whaling debates and other international negotiations; the importance of high-level participation in negotiations; and conflicting views on non-state actors’ involvement in the IWC. One participant announced that the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-10) may be held in Japan and suggested that it include a joint session with the International Whaling Commission.
Dr. Srikantha Herath, UNU
C. Scott Baker, Ph.D., Associate Director, Marine Mammal Program, Oregon State University
Philippa Brakes, Senior Biologist, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
   
Dr. Toshio Kasuya, Japanese Cetacean scientist presents on the current state of the whaling debate from a scientific perspective
Joji Morishita, International Affairs Division of the Japanese Fisheries Agency, presents the Japanese government position on whaling
Professor Akio Morishima, Japan Climate Policy Center
Juan Mayr, Former Environment Minister of Colombia, speaks on experiences in the negotiations of the biosafety protocol
L-R: Joji Morishita, International Affairs Division of the Japanese Fisheries Agency, and Jun Hoshikawa, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan
Stanley Johnson, Ambassador for the Convention on Migratory Species
Jun Hoshikawa, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan
Martin Atherton, Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA)
José Truda Palazzo Jr., President International Wildlife Coalition, Brazil
Dr. Robert L. Brownell, Jr. Scientist for International Protected Resources, NOAA Fisheries, US
Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director, Greenpeace, New Zealand
Mike Donoghue, Senior International Relations Officer, New Zealand Department of Conservation
The Wednesday afternoon session, “Conflict Management and Biodiversity: Interactions between Governments, NGOs and the Private Sector”. L-R: Sam Johnston, UNU; Olivier Deleuze, UNEP; Juan Mayr and Professor Akio Morishima
L-R: Professor Akio Morishima, Chair of the Board of Directors, Japan Climate Policy Center, discussing with Neroni Slade
L-R: Kelly Rigg, the Varda Group and Justin Kenny, the Pew Charitable Trusts
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