Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spirit of Barcelona

With the support of the Governments of Spain and Japan, two major fishing superpowers, to the resolution calling for the closure of the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery, and the constructive spirit which has presided discussions on other marine biodiversity issues such as shark and whale conservation or high seas governance, we hope that spirit of Barcelona at the World Conservation Congress which ended yesterday will stay.

This requires first and foremost that Governments take action in time when environmentalists sound the alarm on any given issue, and protect with strong regulations our collective natural assets before they vanish. Pretty much a Wall Street tale.

We've all gone home now. Next stop will be Marrekech in exactly one month, when the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) holds its special meeting.

I thought that, before it gets lost in the BBC website archives, I'd put here a link to Richard Black's Barcelona blog, which is a good and sometimes humorous reflexion of the Spirit of Barcelona.

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