A congress exploring opportunities for countries to come together to develop a roadmap to a post-2020 biodiversity framework for ocean conservation, marine protected areas, addressing the climate crisis and conserving biodiversity in a post-pandemic world.

Date: Friday-Thursday, 3-9 February 2023

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The 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) will bring together ocean conservation professionals to chart a course toward protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030. It will be jointly hosted by the Host First Nations—Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-waututh Nation—together with the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

IMPAC5 aims to provide an opportunity for the global community of marine conservation managers, practitioners and decision-makers to exchange knowledge, experience and best practices to strengthen the conservation of marine biodiversity and to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the ocean Its goals are to provide an opportunity for countries to come together to develop a roadmap to a post-2020 biodiversity framework for ocean conservation; and showcase the important role of marine protected areas in addressing the climate crisis and conserving biodiversity in a post-pandemic world.

IMPAC5 will end with a one-day Leadership Summit where officials from participating governments will hear the results of the Congress, address key issues, and affirm commitments to expanding ocean protection.

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5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5)