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Your Ocean Highlights Deep at Impac5

Thousands of delegates gathered in Vancouver from February 3 to 9 to promote marine conservation for IMPAC5 (the fifth International Conference on marine protected areas).

The Ocean Festival at IMPAC5 was designed to educate Canadians and encourage by to reflect on the state of marine conservation and the importance of progress to stop and reverse the loss of marine animals. There was a Drag Queen, a giant octopus and more!

For the protection of 30% of the oceans by 2030, this seems good. With 125 participating countries and many objectives achieved, the conference was a great success!

Here are the highlights of the conference:

VICTORY OF THE OCEAN! NEW TANG MARINE RESERVE.WWAN-ḤAČXXIQAK-TSIGIS has been announced.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, the Haida, Pacheedaht and Quatsino nations with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Joyce Murray announced a memorandum of understanding for the joint management of a new marine protected area (MPA) project known as Tang.WWAN-ḥačxxiqak-Tsigis. Formerly known to the defenders of the sea as the Oasis of the Deep Pacific, this area is of great ecological importance and has been the subject of Indigenous conservation efforts for year. In fact, Nature Canada has been advocating for conservation in this region for year! Find out more here.

FRIDA HIRED CHILDREN TO THE OCEAN FESTIVAL.

Thanks to the narration, the participants were invited to discover the diversity of marine life in the oceans and its importance for the health and well-being of people and the planet. With more than a million species on the verge of extinction, these future generations may not have the opportunity to appreciate marine animals if our governments do not act to protect them today.

THE GIANT OCTOPUS HAS MADE WAVES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF SPECIES IN THE SEA.

A giant squid sculpture trapped in a fishing net was at the entrance to the festival, an exhibition that raises questions about the damage that commercial fishing practices cause to marine life. The public was encouraged to write their hopes and dreams of marine conservation on strips attached to the captured animal and to illustrate the impact of human activity on aquatic species.

WE MARCHED TO STOP DEEP-SEA MINING.

The young professionals of IMPAC5 are leading a demonstration against deep-sea mining and Nature Canada was there! Deep-sea mining has devastating effects on marine life and Nature Canada has called for a moratorium on the practice in our waters. The Canadian government does not have a regulatory framework for deep-sea mining before IMPAC5, and at the end of the assembly, the Ministry of natural resources confirmed that no deep-sea mining is allowed in Canadian waters. As one of the hosts of IMPAC5, the young professionals addressed the issue of deep-sea mining and directly to the ban announced by the federal government.

IMPAC5 ENCOURAGED AND AMPLIFIED THE VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE CONGRESS WITH THE AIM OF INSPIRING FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AND INTEGRATING NEW IDEAS AND NEW PROCESSES INTO THE GLOBAL CONSERVATION MOVEMENT.

Nature Canada’s Naturhood program was featured in a Youth-focused Panel that engages youth in the conservation sector. Naturhood connects children, families, newcomers and marginalized communities to neighboring nature. The topics discussed in the Panel included strategies to effectively involve young people, proposals to bridge the gaps between urban and rural youth and a discussion on the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Canadian environmental sector.

NOT TO MENTION…

The Great Bear Sea Network has announced an action plan to protect the north coast of British Columbia through a number of interconnected marine protected areas. Find out more here.

  • Political mechanism for the implementation of minimum standards of protection
  • Creating a policy framework for national marine protected areas
  • Canada will be the first country to protect all the of its waters
  • High-level statement by Canada and other countries on the completion and ratification of the High Seas Treaty

Thank you to everyone who raised their voices for nature!

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