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Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) Chairs’ Statement

As co-chairs of the Leadership Forum (February 9, 2023) of the Fifth International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5, February 3 to 8, 2023), and on behalf of many attendees, we, the Ministers for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and for Environment and Climate Change Canada and Minister responsible for Parks Canada:

As concrete steps to protect the ocean, its biodiversity and its ecosystem services, we recommend the following as a Call to Action emerging from these discussions:

In the immediate sense, we call for

the timely conclusion of negotiations, scheduled from February 20th-March 3rd 2023,to establish a legally binding treaty under the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea to allow for protection, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction – otherwise known as the high seas, which cover 64% of the ocean.

In the lead up to 2030, we call for

These actions should be underpinned by

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