IMPAC5 is where we will come together and take a stand to protect the ocean.

Theme goal

  • Working with the global marine community to create effectively managed MPAs that will result in a lasting, global network of protected ocean spaces.

Building a global marine protected area network across multiple spatial scales, from local, national, regional and global networks is achievable and necessary to protect at least 30% of the world ocean by 2030.

Achieving this will require advancements in MPA establishment, governance and management within individual nation’s Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) as well as multi-lateral cooperation among nations in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), or in the High Seas. 

The High Seas represent two thirds of the ocean—equivalent to half the planet’s surface and far more by volume. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) lays the foundational legislative framework for advancing international cooperation to protect and conserve the world’s ocean. IMPAC5 will bring together states, Indigenous governments, international organizations, and other important voices to make progress on the road map to achieving at least 30% protection levels by 2030 both within EEZs and on the High Seas.

Key questions to focus discussion and support proposal development

  1. What are the elements of success to building a global network and what are the major milestones to get there?
  2. What are the barriers to success and how are they successfully being overcome? (e.g. environmental, social, political, financial)
  3. How can we accelerate and implement actions to scale-up protection efforts