VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 3, 2023 /CNW/ - The global ocean is facing mounting pressures from climate change and human activities, resulting in threatened ecosystems and biodiversity loss. The time to act is now, so that generations can inherit an environment that includes a healthy and abundant ocean.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, on behalf of the Government of Canada, welcomed participants to the Fifth International Marine Protected Area Congress ? IMPAC5. Taking place from February 3rd to the 9th in Vancouver, British Columbia, this event brings together ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials to inform, inspire and act to protect our shared marine environment.
Canada is grateful to the host First Nations ? x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), and s?lilw?ta? (Tsleil-Waututh), the Province of British Columbia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for their partnership, which has made this Congress possible.
The IMPAC5 Congress will explore the following themes over five days:
Canada is committed to protecting 25 per cent of its marine and coastal areas by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030. International leaders committed to the 30 per cent target in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, recently adopted at the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal in December 2022.
To kick-off IMPAC5, the Government of Canada announced a new Policy Framework for the establishment and management of National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs), helping to advance the Government of Canada's goal for 10 NMCAs. The framework will strengthen Canada's contribution to the qualitative elements of international marine conservation targets, by setting out how they can be effectively and equitably managed.
Following significant advances made at COP15, the Congress will conclude with the IMPAC5 Leadership Forum. This high-level meeting will bring together global decision makers from various sectors; government, Indigenous organizations, philanthropic foundations, maritime industry, and young professionals, to identify current opportunities and mechanisms that will help us achieve our marine conservation targets.
The Leadership Forum will allow partners and stakeholders to build relationships for the "all-in" collaboration needed to reach the global goals for ocean protection. Conservation experts and high-level officials from around the world ? including Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon ? will share best practices and explore ways we can take more coordinated action on marine protected areas.
IMPAC5 will also be an opportunity to hear how Indigenous peoples are leading marine conservation initiatives and stewardship in Canada and around the world and promises to be an opportunity for learning, discussion, and collaboration on some of the most challenging issues facing our oceans.
"The need to address the crisis of biodiversity loss in our oceans and marine ecosystems is urgent, and Canada is proud to be leading the way. By setting ambitious conservation targets and taking the concrete action needed to end and reverse these losses, we are demonstrating our commitment to protecting our oceans today and creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come."
The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada
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