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Importance of Impac5 for the Ocean

The ocean cannot protect itself. That is why thousands of delegates are meeting in Vancouver from February 3 to 9 to promote marine conservation for IMPAC5 (the fifth International Conference on marine protected areas) – essentially the Olympic Games of marine conservation.

The ocean is one of the most important and valuable resources on our planet; without it, we cannot survive. It covers more than 70% of the earth’s surface and is home to a diverse fauna and flora. It produces 50% of the planet’s oxygen, brings food to our plates, helps us action climate change and supports vibrant coastal communities.

But the vast majority of Canada’s oceans remain unprotected, leaving marine species and their habitats vulnerable to destruction and pollutants, as well as browened by various human activities, including pollution, overfishing and climate change.

As the country with the longest coastline on the planet, Canada is not doing enough to maintain it. To protect the ocean and the life it supports, it is important that we take steps to address these brow.


As you are reading this, we are approaching an unprecedented opportunity to protect the ocean by organizing a major global meeting to advance marine conservation known as IMPAC5. IMPAC5 is an important global moment to advance the protection of the oceans and the recent commitments to nature made at COP15 to protect 30% of the land and oceans by 2030.

You can take steps to protect the ocean right now, or read on to learn more about what makes IMPAC5 so important.

The ocean needs all of us for its sea creatures to survive.

From February 3 to 9, the International Conference on Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC5) will be held in Vancouver, bringing together the best scientists, policymaker, academics and conservationists from around the world to find ways to protect the ocean now and for the future.


As the host of IMPAC5, Canada can be a leader in marine conservation by:

  • Show a clear path towards our 30×30 ocean protection promises: how we will protect 25% of Canada’s marine waters by 2025 and 30% by 2030, including progress on key sites such as the Deep-sea Oasis in the Pacific offshore area of Interest.
  • Demonstration of support for Indigenous leaderhip in marine conservation through the joint management of marine protected areas such as the aforementioned high seas oasis
  • Commit to strict protection standards in marine protected areas, in particular by limiting unsustainable fishing and offshore oil and gas exploration
  • To give impetus to the international protection of the world ocean by announcing a moratorium on deep-sea mining in Canadian waters and by committing with other countries to ratify a treaty on the high seas to protect international waters


The ocean is cosying at an alarming rate due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As the ocean cosys, it expands, leading to hurricanes, sea level rise and an increase in coastal.

Today, we are causing an alarming decline in species, diverse ecosystems and harming our long-term future. Awesome marine animals such as the North Atlantic right whale and the Southern resident killer whale are critically. We can choose a superior future for ourselves and for the ocean.

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