Nature Seychelles' James Hardcastle (second right) at the panel discussionon Enhancing Regional Ocean Policies and National/Regional Links at the Forum © IISD
Nature Seychelles, represented by James Hardcastle, brought a regional Indian Ocean perspective, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) issues, and a civil society outlook. James made a presentation on national and regional implementation of Ocean Policy and progress on the Mauritius Strategy for SIDS.
Nature Seychelles was the only national NGO interest represented at the forum, while WWF, Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy lobbied on an international level. Participants included the EU Commissioner on Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, and representatives from the French Prime Minister's office, as well as senior officials from UN agencies and the World Bank. Nirmal Shah subsequently represented the Global Oceans Forum at the Small Island Developing States meeting hosted in Seychelles at the end of October 2005.
For more information on the Forum, see A summary report of The Ocean Policy Summit (TOPS)