The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has announced that Canada will be hosting the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC 5) in Vancouver, Canada, in 2021. “It is our hope that by 2021 when the world comes together for IMPAC5 in Vancouver, that we will be celebrating great leaps forward in marine conservation, both in Canada and globally,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Programme director.
“Canada, together with many other countries in the world, has made a strong commitment to protect at least 10% of our ocean by 2020, so IMPAC 5 will give us an opportunity to celebrate that achievement,” Jessen added.
IMPAC brings together, every four years, marine conservationists, managers, practitioners and scientists from across the world to share their experiences and knowledge of marine conservation and marine protected area establishment.
The 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress takes place this week in Chile.
“CPAWS looks forward to working closely with our partners at the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver, as well as the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, First Nations, and the IUCN to organise the fifth annual International Marine Protected Area Congress,” said Alexandra Barron, ocean conservation manager for CPAWS-BC and delegate at IMPAC 4 in Chile.
“We look forward to hosting this meeting and showcasing the best of Canada and British Columbia, on an international stage,” she added.
In a letter of support for Canada’s nomination to host IMPAC 5, Canada’s minister of fisheries, oceans and Canadian Coast Guard and minister of environment and climate change stated: “IMPAC 5 will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our support for global efforts to conserve the marine environment, highlight the important role of Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, and the public in these initiatives, and promote our domestic marine conservation programs.”
British Columbia has 37,000 km of coastline and three-quarters of the Province’s population lives in the coastal zone, with many make their living from the tourism industry, marine shipping and transportation sector, diverse fishing economy, and other coastal activities.
Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre supported the bid to host IMPAC 5. “It was our privilege to support the bid process and we look forward to welcoming experts in the marine conservation field to Vancouver in 2021,” said Ty Speer, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver.
“We are committed to delivering an exceptional guest experience and are confident our LEED® Platinum-certified convention centre – home to a thriving restored marine habitat – will provide an inspiring platform for the global marine conservation community to address important issues facing our society,” added Craig Lehto, general manager, Vancouver Convention Centre.