IMPAC5 early-bird registration extended until 4 October 2022

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada –  There are now 30 more days to take advantage of early bird registration rates to attend IMPAC5 in February 2023.

With summer winding down in the northern hemisphere and spring ramping up in the south, it is a busy time for marine protected areas practitioners around the world. With this in mind, IMPAC5 early-bird registration has been extended until 4 October 2022. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who wants to take advantage of the early-bird rates has an opportunity to do so.

Early-bird registration offers across-the-board rate discounts to all those wishing to attend IMPAC5 in person or virtually. The IMPAC5 registration fee scale includes lower prices for members of Indigenous communities, persons from developing nations and not-for-profit organizations plus young professionals and seniors. Regular registration rates will begin on 5 October 2022.

Please note: registration deadline for all accepted IMPAC5 presenters remains the same, September 6, 2022, even though the early-bird deadline to register has been extended for IMPAC5 attendees.  Presenters MUST register by September 6, 2022 in order to ensure your presentation is a part of the Congress agenda.  The registration link can be found here.

About IMPAC5:

From 3-9 February 2023, IMPAC5 will bring ocean conservation professionals leaders and decision-makers together in Vancouver, Canada, to inform, inspire and act on marine protected areas. IMPAC5 will culminate in a one-day Leadership Forum on 9 February, 2023. Ministers from invited governments will join leaders of Indigenous, environmental, philanthropic, educational and private sector organizations to hear the results of the Congress and build global momentum towards charting the course to protecting 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

IMPAC5 will be jointly hosted by the Host First Nations—xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (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 Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver for IMPAC5, where we will chart a course towards protecting 30% of the world ocean by 2030.

Quick Facts:

IMPAC events attract a global community of marine conservation managers and practitioners who exchange knowledge, experience and best practices to strengthen the conservation of marine biodiversity and to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the ocean.  

IMPAC Congresses are a collaborative effort between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the chosen host country. Since 2005, four IMPAC events have taken place 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).

During the closing ceremony of IMPAC4, Canada was awarded the honour of hosting IMPAC5.

To guide discussions and further dialogue, all aspects of IMPAC5 will be informed by five themes and three cross-cutting streams.


  • Building a global marine protected area network
  • Advancing conservation in the blue economy
  • Actively managing marine protected areas and human activity
  • Conserving biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis
  • Connecting ocean, culture and human well-being


  • Indigenous Peoples Leadership
  • The Voice of Young Professionals
  • Innovation and Transformational Change

Associated links:


Ben Stanford
Communications Manager
Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5)
+1 604-347-8754

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For more information on IMPAC5, please visit www.IMPAC5.ca and follow @IMPAC5Canada on social media