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Meet our host organizations: International Union for Conservation of Nature

It’s time to highlight another group hard at work to make IMPAC5 possible! The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the host organizations for the Congress working to protect ocean ecosystems around the globe.

The IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organizations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 member organisations and the input of more than 18,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Union membership is spread across 160 countries.

Since 1948, the IUCN has influenced, encouraged and assisted societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature, and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

All IMPAC congresses are a collaborative effort between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the chosen host country. Since 2005, the IUCN has co-hosted  four IMPAC events in the following locations:

  • IMPAC1 – Geelong, Australia (2005)
  • IMPAC2 – Washington, D.C., United States of America (2009)
  • IMPAC3 – Marseille, France (2013)
  • IMPAC4 – La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile (2017).

The IUCN will be jointly hosting IMPAC5 together with the Host First Nations—xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh Nation)— the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).

Visit the IUCN website to learn more!

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