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The Marine Mammal Twinning at IMPAC5


Marine mammals are increasingly subject to anthropogenic threats such as bycatch, ship strikes and noise pollution. There is a real need for effective conservation measures, which are often applied through the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), as well as Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECSMS) and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). These tools will be at the centre of the upcoming 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5), which will take place in Vancouver, Canada from the 3rd to the 9th of February 2023. 

IMPAC5 is an opportunity for the global community to come together to chart a course for achieving ocean conservation targets to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean by 2030. The Marine Mammal Twinning, together with the EU-funded Ocean Governance Project, will have a strong presence in Vancouver. The Twinning will build capacity of managers and policy makers to utilise the toolkit, continue to champion the importance of marine mammals and build a network of MPA managers through the Toolkit’s recently launched Community of Practice. 

The Twinning will be present on the conference floor, connecting with MPA managers, whilst co-hosting two symposiums to introduce the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit, showcase its benefits and its ability to support effective MPA management. 

Come find the Marine Mammal Twinning at the following events:

“Effectively Managing MPAs; New Toolkits for Coastal Resilience and Marine Mammal Management”

Date & Time: 4th of February, 16:00 – 17:00 (PT) 

Location: Room 220-222

“Innovative Tools for Coastal Resilience and Marine Mammals for Managers: EU Ocean Governance for MPAs”

Date & Time: 5th of February, 16:00 – 17:00 (PT)

Location: Room 118-120

Make sure to visit the Ocean Governance Booth (#412) on the Conference Floor to discuss the project, the toolkit and how to be involved.

Below other marine mammal and MPA related sessions:

“Spotlight on Migratory Species” | 16:00 – 17:00 | Room 109-110

“Establishing and Managing Joint Marine Protected Areas in a heavily anthroposized environment in the St. Lawrence (Canada – Quebec Collaboration)” | 11:30 – 12:30 | Ballroom A

“Engaging Marine Protected Areas to Protect Whales for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Solutions” |14:00 – 15:30 | Room 208

“Biodiversity Conservation – Diverse Strategies” | 16:00 – 17:00 | Room 111 – 112


“From Seguenay-st. Lawrence to the Salish Sea: Lessons learned from managing vessel based activities in MPAs with whales” | 14:00-15:30 | Room 116 – 117

“An ‘Orca’Strated Approach to supporting recovery efforts for Southern Resident Killer Whales in Coastal British Columbia” | 11:30 – 12:30 | Room 109-110

“Working together to conserve MPAs” | 11:30 – 12:30 | Room 111-112

The UK Overseas territories Blue Belt programme: Protecting more than 4 million square kilometers of Ocean” | 11:30-12:30 | Room 217-219

“Building blocks for your MPA: collaborative opportunities for decision makers to conserve marine megafauna” | 14:00-15:30 | Room 208

“Managing threats to megafauna” | 11:30 – 12:30 | Room 121-122

“Recognising Migratory Connectivity as essential to a Global MPA Network” | 14:00 15:30 | Room 215-216

This page is updated regularly as events are confirmed – all official IMPAC5 events can be viewed here (last update 27/01/2023).

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