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Ocean+, the Ocean as Universal Donor and Recipient

IMPAC3’s Ocean+ motto highlights the role of MPAs in giving and sharing life.

Forests may be the lungs of our planet, but the Ocean is the heart-and-blood system that pulses life across its surface.

The Ocean makes exchanges possible, whether physical, chemical, biological or human. We must all work together to make sure its wealth is shared fairly in the present, and preserved for generations to come.

MPAs have a pivotal role in promoting a cultural shift towards a “Blue Society” that considers the Ocean not as central to our lives, wherever we might live.

This is the meaning of Ocean+: We all depend on the sea, and its future depends on us.

3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress

World's Marine-Protection Specialists Gather in France in Oct. 2013

In 2013, the Agence des aires marines protégées (French Marine Protected Areas Agency) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are co-organizing the 3rd edition of the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3).


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Every four years, the congress brings together major maritime stakeholders from around the globe, beyond national or sectoral boundaries, to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. Previous editions were held in Geelong, Australia, in 2005 and Washington, D.C., in 2009.

For the third edition, the core of the congress will take place in Marseille from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25. It will be followed by a high-level political meeting in Corsica on Oct. 26 and 27 (invitation only).

Participants represent public management and planning agencies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, coastal or island communities, and sea-related industries, from fishing to cable laying, mining, shipping and tourism.

All work together toward one goal: protecting the Ocean and its resources for future generations.



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