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by IUCN

The French Marine Protected Areas Agency will attend the IUCN World Parks Congress

04/11/2014

For the first time since its creation in 2007, the French Marine Protected Areas Agency will attend the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress (IUCN-WPC). This 6th edition will be held in the Sydney Olympic Park from the 12th to the 19th of November.

"Parks, People, Planet: inspiring solutions"

5000 participants are expected in Sydney to build on the theme "Parks, People, Planet: inspiring solutions",  share experiences and discuss the main themes and issues linked to the world's protected areas. These terrestrial and marine areas, which cover 14% of the land territories and 3% of the ocean, are vital to respond to some of today’s most pressing challenges, including food and water security, human health and well-being, disaster risk reduction and climate change.

The IUCN World parks Congress seeks to bring governments, industries and civil society working together towards the designation and management of these protected areas, for a better conservation of both cultural and natural diversities. This congress aims at strengthening links between populations and nature, as a testimony of Nature services.

Oceans constitute a common good, acting as a link between nations. Three quarters of the world's population lives in coastal areas, and oceans provide subsistence to more than 12% of this population. Oceans and marine issues will be treated as a cross cutting theme of this 6th world parks congress.

Marine Protected Areas Agency 

One year after the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) co-organized in Marseille and Ajaccio in 2013 by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and IUCN, the Agency will take part in every IUCN-WPC’s event revolving around the Oceans and marine issues.

The Agency's representatives will share their experience and knowledge in terms of marine protected areas designation and evaluation tools (MPA's dashboard) during the Stream sessions. Dedicated to the oceans, the Ocean + pavilion will stand as the focal point for marine themes. The Agency will host two special evening events, tackling issues tightly linked to congress themes, in the  Ocean + pavilion (French MPA's diversity along with the MPA's Forum, technologies in MPA's, Coral Sea Nature Park, Agoa's Marine Santcuary…). Moreover, the Ocean+ WebTV, first launched during IMPAC3, will present daily Congress news, along with interviews, debates.

New partnerships and international agreements are also to be discussed, notably at the French Development Agency booth.

Ten years after the last World Parks Congress in Durban, which clearly stated the incomplete nature of the worldwide network of protected areas, particularly in fresh and marine waters, the French Marine Protected Areas Agency is eager to contribute to a more effective and coherent management of these marine living territories.

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