The final day of the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) opened in La Serena, Chile, on Friday, 8 September 2017. The day saw many events taking place, all addressing the theme, ‘Our Shared Vision.’ A plenary session took place in the morning, followed by the workshops and symposia. This was followed by a closing plenary session. The high-level meeting will take place on Saturday, 9 September 2017, in Valparaiso, Chile.
The morning’s plenary session saw a panel discussion on the day’s theme, with panel members discussing key actions needed to continue ensuring successful management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the obstacles faced. Key issues considered included: equitable and effective achievement of the goals under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased coordination within regions; engaging youth; illegal fishing; and, local capacity building.
Highlights from the symposia included discussions on: assessing advances towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2020 and the SDGs in 2030; indigenous, provincial, and federal governments integrating marine spatial plans and MPAs in Canada; Antarctic MPAs; and, meeting the 2020 targets in Canada.
Workshops addressed: twinning and partnerships, as well as tools to enhance collaboration between MPAs; and, guidance for MPA managers and planners on marine mammal protection, and marine renewable energy suitability and siting.
The closing session followed, with participants hearing a wrap-up of the key messages that had emerged during the course of the week. There was a report back on the IMPAC4 activities that had taken place during the week, such as ‘Our Science Camp.’ A musical performance closed the plenary.
Photos by IISD/ENB | Ángeles Estrada Vigil
Carl Gustaf Lundin, IUCN
Claudio Ibáñez González, Mayor of Coquimbo
Alejandra Figueroa Fernández, Ministry of Environment, Chile
François Simard, IUCN
Daniel González, Juan Fernández Fisherman Union
Carlos Gaymer, UCN, Chile
Participants during the closign ceremony
Children from "Our Ocean Science Camp"
Opening plenary session
Mike Wong, IUCN
Sandra Bessudo, Malpelo Foundation
Tukabu Teroroko, Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Mariasole Bianco, IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals
Dan Laffoley, IUCN
Julia Miranda, WCPA (World Comission on Protected Areas)
Keobel Sakuma, Palau, receiving the Kenton Miller Award Winner 2017 for his outstanding contribution to marine conservation
Twinning and partnerships, tools to enhance collaboration between MPA
A view of the room
Mathieu Ducrocq, Gabon Parks Agency
Mike De Luca, Rutgers University
Assessing advances towards global 2020 & 2030 targets
Celia Favacho, CONFREM, Brazil
Claudio Maretti, ICMBio
Guidance for MPA managers and planners on marine mammal protection and marine renewable energy suitability and siting
Anne Nelson, Collaborative Ocean Planning
Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council
Indigenous, Provincial, and Federal Governments integrating Marine
Spatial Plans and MPAs in Canada
Gord McGee, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, Canada
Danielle Shaw, Wuikinuxv Nation
Christie Chute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Allan Lidstone, Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Canada
(L-R): Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Allan Lidstone, Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Canada, Christie Chute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Gord McGee, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, Canada, and Danielle Shaw, Wuikinuxv Nation
Rodolfo Werner, Pew Charitable Trusts and Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Meeting the 2020 Targets in Canada: challenges, successes, opportunities
and lessons learnt in developing a national network of MPAs over the past 25 years
Sigrid Keuhnemund, WWF-Canada
Kevin Stringer, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Participant during the session
Alexandra Barron, C-PAWS, Canada