Symposiums are moderated sessions consisting of a series of 15 minute presentations from speakers of diverse backgrounds and expertise, collectively addressing a broad suite of topics related to the Congress themes. Symposiums will be allocated ample time for discussion and audience engagement to facilitate knowledge sharing. Each 60 or 90- minute session will include 3 to 5 speakers, led by a session moderator.

15 Minute Symposiums

Addressing Challenges in MPA Management
Biodiversity in Our Oceans
Blue Carbon and Climate Change
Blue Economy in Western Canada
Blue Economy: MPAs and Coastal Zones
Building MPAs and Global Networks
“Busy Waters”: Balancing Recreational Use of MPAs
Citizen Science and Partnership Engagement in Canada
Climate Change: Aquatic Habitats and Ecological Resilience
Co-Governance and Multiple Ways of Knowing
Co-Governance of MPAs
Collaborative Management and Climate Change Resilience
Community Education and Involvement in MPAs
Community Empowerment and Participatory Data Systems
Community Engagement and Diverse Perspectives
Community-Based Governance
Community-Based Marine Protection 1
Community-Based Marine Protection 2
Coral Reefs: Building Resilience
Evaluating and Assessing Social Factors in MPA Management
Frameworks for Fisheries Management

60 Minute Symposiums

A Practical Approach to Blocking Bottom Trawling (Literally) to Strengthen MPAs and Safeguard Marine Life
Adjusting Our Approaches: Adaptive Management in Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas in Response to New and Ever-Changing Information
Advancing Financing Mechanisms for MPAs in Middle-Income Countries: Progress in Chilean Patagonia
An ‘Orca’Strated Approach to Supporting Recovery Efforts for Southern Resident Killer Whales in Coastal British Columbia
Applying Lessons Learned From Marine Protected Areas Implementation for 30 X 30
Building Alliances and Sustainable Financial Mechanisms for Effective MPAs – Experiences From Latin America and the Mediterranean
Community Responses to Marine Shipping  IMPACts on Indigenous Communities and Ecosystems
Complexities Across Oceans – Examining Factors Influencing Oceans Act MPA Management in Canada
Conservation Trust Fund Roles in MPA Sustainable Funding Models and Investment Opportunities to Foster Marine Conservation
Coral & Sponge Conservation in Canada: A 25 Year Retrospective
Decolonizing Environmental Non-Government Organization Advocacy Work for Marine Conservation and Marine Protected Areas
Effectively Managing MPAs; New Toolkits for Resilience and Marine Mammal Management
Establishing Networks of Practitioners and Scaling Up
How to Reconcile Fishing and Marine Conservation in a Marine Protected Area: the Example of Marine Natural Parks
How World Heritage Listed Reefs Empower Communities to Adapt to A Changing Climate
New Beginning: Qentol.Yen/ W̱sáneć Marine Guardians
Partnerships to Enhance the Resilience of Coral Reefs Within the Marine Reserves of Rodrigues
Seascapes: Community and Indigenous Leadership As Core to Large-Scale Ocean Management
The  IMPACt of an  IMPAC Congress: the Case of Chile With  IMPAC4 in 2017
The UK Overseas Territories Blue Belt Programme: Protecting More Than 4 Million Square Kilometres of Ocean
Youth & Oceans – An Intergenerational Dialogue With UNFCCC’s Youth Constituency (Youngo)

90 Minute Symposiums

A 30 By 30 Hurdle Race: Science-Based Conservation in the Eastern Tropical Pacific
A Smart Approach to Improving Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas Globally
A Tour of Technology and Remote Sensing for Better Management: Sharing Novel and Innovative Practices in MPA Evaluation and Regulation
Advances in Identifying and Recognizing Marine OECMs – Initial Lessons Learned on Their Contribution to the Global Area-Based Conservation Target
Advancing Marine Conservation Through Marine Spatial Planning
Advancing Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures With Community-Based Management
Advancing the Contribution of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures to Ocean Conservation and Local Communities in the Fishery Sector
America the Beautiful and the New U.S. 30X30 Goal: Where are We Now, and Where Do We Need to Go?
Australian Marine Parks Management
Balancing Effective Strong Protection Measures and Economic Development in French MPAs in Anthropized Environments
Being an Ocean Leader – Stories of Leadership, Witness and Wisdom in Protecting Species and Society Across the Generations, and the Planet
Beyond the Boundaries: What Types of Data are Needed to Assess the Conservation Potential of Ocean Spaces?
Blue Carbon: A Nature Based Solution to Climate Change Mitigation.
Building A Network of MPAs in the Atlantic: Reflecting on Success, and Identifying Next Steps
Building Partnerships and Strategies for Effective Monitoring of Marine Conservation Areas
China’s Role in Global Ocean Protection
Climate-Smart Spatial Marine Conservation in Practice
Collaborative Network Design – Technical Approaches in the Development of an MPA Network in the Northern Shelf Bioregion, British Columbia, Canada
Community-Based and Indigenous Co-Management in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Connecting ocean + culture + human well-being
Creating an Ocean Echo – Mobilizing A Youth Led Movement to Support 30X30
Deep Sea Protected Areas As A Tool for Mitigating Deep Sea Mining
Designing MPAs Differently: Communities and Government in Hawai‘I Collaborate to Balance Sustainable Harvest With Conservation.
Developing a Network of Marine Protected Areas in the St. Lawrence, a Heavily Used Environment
Developing Community-Based Marine Conservation to Achieve A Sustainable and Resilient Marine Protected Area Network in Myanmar
Effective Partnerships: Key Ingredients for Building Lasting Networks of Protected Ocean Space
Empowering Local Fishing Communities Through Learning Networks for Resilient Marine Protected Areas and Improved Fisheries Management
Evolving Leadership to Create Canadian National Marine Conservation Areas and Indigenous Protected Areas: Indigenous and Crown Governments Take Action
From Local to Global Data for Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Marine Protected Areas Experiences in the Biopama Programme
From Saguenay-St. Lawrence to the Salish Sea: Lessons Learned to Managing Vessel-Based Activities in MPAs With Whales
Gender and Marine Conservation
Gina ’Waadluxan Kilguhlga (Talking About Everything): Lessons for Cooperative Marine Protected Area Planning and Management Learned From Gwaii Haanas
How to Support Community-Led Enforcement of MPAs: Success Stories From Wildaid’S Global Programs
Identifying Synergies and Tradeoffs of Sustainability Management Interventions Within MPAs to Ensure They Benefit to Both Nature and People
If Only We’d Known! Lessons From California’s Marine Protected Area Network 10 Years In
Indigenous Perspectives on Marine Planning and Advancements Through Reconciliation in the Northern Shelf Bioregion
Innovation in Improving Marine Protected Areas: A New Online Platform for the Planning and Management of MPAs
Integrating Marine Protections Across Aquascapes
Integration of Area-Based Conservation Measures With Ecosystem-Based Marine Spatial Planning: Solutions in Areas Under Multiple Sea-Uses
Making 30X30 A Reality: Lessons Learned From Scaling Up to MPA Networks Across A Global Marine Portfolio
Making the Connections Between MPA Responses and Climate. Measurement, Mechanisms, and Management Recommendations on How MPAs Can Provide Resilience
Managing the  IMPACts of Shipping in Canadian Marine Protected Areas
Mangroves and MPAs: How Can We Increase Effective and Systematic Protection of Mangroves and Their Ecosystem Services?
Marine Connectivity Conservation ‘Rules of Thumb’: Applying Guidelines to MPA and MPA Network Design and Management
Marxan Symposium: Decision Support Tools for Effectively Design MPA Networks
Meaningful MPAs are Key to Ending Bottom Trawling… and Ending Bottom Trawling Is Key to Meaningful MPAs
Navigating the Journey: Reflections and Indigenous Experiences Advancing Ocean Conservation and Planning in Canada
Promoting Blue Economy: How to Decrease Pressures on Seagrasses and Build Opportunities for MPAs
Protecting Great Barrier Reef Biodiversity Under A Changing Climate Through Targeted Suppression of Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish Outbreaks
Putting Plans into Action: How the Marine Plan Partnership First Nations and B.C. Provincial Partners are Implementing Four Marine Spatial Plans.
Putting Sharks in the Parks – the Ocean Conservation Benefits of Considering Sharks in Marine Protected Areas
Recognising Migratory Connectivity As Essential to A Global MPA Network
Regenerating Ocean Health Through the Regenerative Cultivation of Seaweeds and Their Conservation At Scale: It Takes A Village
Results From Early Adopters of the MPA Guide
Sea-Ing Blue: Reflections on Engo Collaboration on Canada’s Marine Conservation Targets
Showcasing Innovative Mechanisms for Sustainably Financing Marine Protected Areas
Strengthening the Effectiveness of Marine Protected Area Management Using Integrated Sustainable Capacity Development to Ensure Competence.
Students on Ice Foundation: Inspiring and Empowering Youth for A Sustainable Future
Sustainable Finance for MPAs
Sustainable Financing of MPAs: Diversification and Scaling-Up of Sustainable Financing Solutions to Close the Marine Conservation Financing Gap
The 50 Marine World Heritage Sites: Important Nature Culture Linkages for Conserving Outstand ing Universal Value in Our Global Ocean
The Blue Carbon Frontier: Independent Methodologies for Innovative Blue Carbon Projects to Finance Management, Conservation and Restoration Activities
The Caribbean Biological Corridor: A Governance / Cooperation Platform for Achieving Effective Marine Conservation in the Greater Antilles Ecoregion
The Contribution of Indigenous Peoples to the Conservation of the Chilean Blue Patagonia: A Call for Recognition and Action
The Forgotten Half of Our Planet: the Need for High Seas Marine Protected Areas
The MPA Guide: A Framework to Achieve Global Goals for the Ocean
The Rights of the Ocean
The Role and Value of Technology and Partnerships for Improved MPA Management Throughout the Conservation Journey
The Role of Marine Natural Parks in the Management of Anchorages Within Their Perimeters
The Un Ocean Decade: Providing Opportunities to Connect and Collaborate on A Global Scale
The United Nations Ocean Decade: Providing Opportunities to Connect and Collaborate on A Global Scale
The Whole Site Approach to Marine Protected Area and Other Effective Conservation Measures Management to Achieve Fisheries and Conservation Goals.
Uplifting Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Inclusion to Increase Capacity and Insight into Conservation
We are the Ocean: Transforming Ocean Conservation
Youth Engaging Youth to Support Conservation Action