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At least 10 percent of the world’s marine and coastal zones must be protected by 2020. IMPAC3 provides a framework to evaluate the progress made and work out new solutions.

As early as 2002, the Earth Summit in Johannesburg called for the creation of a comprehensive network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2012. But in 2011, the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) postponed to 2020 the objective of turning 10 percent of the oceans into protected marine areas: this goal is called Aichi Target 11.

Most national and international administrations have ambitious ongoing programs for the study and conservation of marine ecosystems, of marine protected areas, and of connected zones. IMPAC3 gives them a chance to report back on their work, so that participants may draw intermediate lessons from initiatives already underway, and improve current and future programs. It is a golden opportunity to:

  • Exchange MPA planning and management expertise and know-how;
  • Develop cooperation and capacity building among MPAs;
  • Promote global and regional networking;
  • Use the web to connect stakeholders;
  • Integrate MPAs with the rising Blue Economy;
  • Foster public interest in MPAs and contribute to the emergence of a Blue Society.

IMPAC3 aims to deliver a new vision and new tools to achieve the goal of protecting 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.

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