IMPAC5: 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Vancouver [fr]

The French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), the French Embassy in Canada, the Alliance Française and marine protected area managers from France and overseas are meeting until February 9, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada for the International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC5. Organized every four years, this scientific and technical congress brings together from around the world more than 1,300 marine protected area managers to implement international objectives to protect and restore these threatened areas.


In the wake of the historic agreement adopted at the COP15 Biodiversity in Montreal on December 19, 2022, in which countries committed to achieve the goal of 30% of protected areas by 2030 and the restoration of 30% of degraded ecosystems, the IMPAC5 congress aims to support and strengthen the efforts of marine protected area managers to implement these objectives.

A major conference ahead of the UN negotiations on the protection and management of the high seas

Among the challenges on the agenda of the international community is the expansion and strengthening of the existing network of marine protected areas and better protection and management of ecosystems on the high seas, the maritime space that lies beyond the jurisdiction of States. These exchanges will be all the more important in the run-up to the end of the fifth session of negotiations on the agreement for the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in the high seas, which will be held from February 20 to March 3, 2023 at the United Nations in New York.

Promoting French commitments at the heart of the national strategy for protected areas

As the main manager of marine protected areas in France, the OFB will animate, in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Canada and the Alliance française de Vancouver, the stand "Le rendez-vous Français" with high level political meetings, round tables and animations on the French stand. In addition to the official program, the OFB will also participate in the Marine Protected Areas Agencies Summit, which brings together the agencies of the various nations present in charge of marine biodiversity protection.

A high political segment will close the congress on February 9 in the presence, for France, of :

- Denis Charissoux, acting director general of the OFB;
- Cyrille Barnerias, Director of International and European Affairs of the OFB;
- Gilles Simeoni, President of the Management Board of the Cap Corse and Agriates Marine Natural Park and representative of the presidents of marine natural parks;
- Michel Miraillet, French ambassador to Canada.

How to follow the congress?

The French participation to IMPAC5 can be followed on the application in French and English " IMPAC5, the French Corner" available on Google Play and Apple Store

Last modified on 06/02/2023

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