From 23-30 June 2022, the world’s leading ocean conservation professionals will meet in Vancouver, Canada to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030.
International Marine Protected Areas Congresses (IMPAC) are an opportunity for the global community of marine conservation managers and practitioners to 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 the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the chosen host country.
Previous IMPAC events
Since 2005, four IMPAC events have taken 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.
IMPAC5 will be the first major international marine conservation event following the negotiation of post-Aichi targets under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity currently scheduled for May 2021 in Kunming, China.
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 the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
IMPAC5 will end with a one-day Leadership Summit on 30 June where officials from participating governments will hear the results of the Congress, address key issues, and affirm commitments to expanding ocean protection.