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IMPAC5 is where we will come together and take a stand to protect the ocean.

Join us in Vancouver, Canada for the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), a global forum that brings together ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials to inform, inspire and act on marine protected areas.

3-9 February 2023
Vancouver, Canada


Host First Nations

Welcoming the World

IMPAC5 is an opportunity to bring together Indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world to embrace a collaborative approach and learn from Indigenous leadership in ocean conservation.

We are grateful to the Host First Nations —xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) — for welcoming us into their traditional territories for this Congress.

Learn more about the Host First nations:

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Five Reasons to attend IMPAC5

Join thousands of Marine Protected Area (MPA) professionals from around the world to chart a course towards protecting 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030.

Learn about the role of Indigenous knowledge and innovative sustainability initiatives from local and international Indigenous leaders.

Join young leaders from across the globe in discussions and activities that showcase youth engagement in MPAs.

Contribute to international decision-making on marine protection policy by sharing ideas and recommendations to be considered during the IMPAC5 Leadership Forum.

Learn, grow and network in “Canada’s Greenest City” at the Vancouver Convention Centre—the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified facility.

Our Logo Story

The IMPAC5 logo symbolizes the need for coordinated global action from all nations and cultures to protect the world ocean and the wildlife that calls it home.

The design evokes a global ocean theme through a stylized Humpback whale emerging from a cresting wave, featuring a local Indigenous symbol.