Ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials are meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this week to chart a course toward protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030.
An estimated 7.65% of the ocean is currently covered by marine protected areas (MPAs), according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
The fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) is seeking to develop a collaborative approach to ocean conservation and sustainability that includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, communities, leaders, and nations, “to reshape our understanding of, and relationships with, nature.”
To contribute to a healthy blue planet for future generations, participants will aim to “re-think our policies, economies, priorities, and processes in ways that reflect the . . . role nature plays in our . . . health, equity, well-being and economic sustainability.”
For more info, go to the International Institute for Sustainable Development website.