Saturday, February 07, 2009
The reception hall at the York House Lisboa, the hotel we've taken over completely to host the participants in the meeting of the Pew Whales Commission, starts looking like an airport terminal with delegations turning up one after the other on an hourly basis since last night.
One person who's arriving tomorrow is Richard Black, the BBC Environment correspondent. I thought I'd mention it because Richard has just posted a thoughtful blogpiece about the global fisheries crisis and the responsibilities of the European Union in it. A piece prompted by the release this week of the long awaited draft EU Shark Plan by the European Commission, for which our friends from the Shark Alliance have been battling and continue to battle.
Last time I organized an event in Lisbon, before this week's Whale meeting, that was a conference on behalf of the Shark Alliance during the Portuguese EU presidency in 2007. It's taken a while, but I'm glad the loop is closing.