Let’s shine a spotlight on another of the many partner organizations collaborating to make IMPAC5 a success. Today, we want to introduce you the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), one of the two host organizations for the Congress.
For almost 60 years, CPAWS has been Canada’s leading charity advocating for protected areas in the ocean and on land. CPAWS has played a key role in the establishment and management of some of Canada’s most important and vulnerable marine protected areas including British Columbia’s glass sponge reefs, the Laurentian Channel off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Anns Bank in the Maritimes, and Banc-des-Américains in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Guided by a framework of reconciliation and the best available information from current science and traditional knowledge, CPAWS works collaboratively with Indigenous governments, conservation groups, scientists, industry and decision-makers to support the creation and management of effective marine protected areas from coast to coast to coast.
Through their Ocean Program, CPAWS has been advocating for Marine Protected Areas in Canada for more than 20 years. Their mission for Canada’s ocean is simple: more MPAs, better MPAs and MPAs in the right places.