Cabrera National Park joins the proposal to create a global network of marine protected area managers

Feb 12, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The project, led by MedPAN and EU Ocean Governance, aims to advance towards the objective of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.

The National Maritime-Terrestrial Park of the Cabrera Archipelago participated this week in the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC-5) held in Vancouver, Canada. The IMPAC is held every four years and is one of the main forums for debate and exchange of experiences worldwide to join efforts and support best practices in the use and management of marine protected areas, to achieve the effective conservation of marine biodiversity and the natural and cultural heritage of the ocean.

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Cabrera National Park

In this edition, the National Park has been one of the guests invited by the Mediterranean Marine Protected Area Managers Network (MedPAN). The director of the National Park, Maria Francesca López, thanked MedPAN for the invitation “for the opportunity that this Congress represents to exchange knowledge, experiences and good practices to strengthen the conservation of marine biodiversity and protect the natural and cultural heritage of the ocean”.

During the event, MedPAN and EU Ocean Governance presented the experiences and effectiveness of networks of marine protected area managers in different participatory sessions. At the conclusion, a “Call for joint action for the proposed creation of a network of marine protected area managers at a global level” was presented, which already has the support of numerous administrations and entities, including the Cabrera National Park. The proposal continues to gain support worldwide.

This fifth edition of IMPAC, organised by the Government of Canada, with the collaboration of the Canadian Parks and Nature Society and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has made it possible for different countries to come together to chart a course for ocean conservation in line with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which incorporates the protection of (at least) 30% of the ocean by 2030.

The sixth edition of IMPAC will be held in 2027 in Senegal.