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GOBI presence at IMPAC3

The major ocean governance event of 2013 was the third International Marine Protected Area Congress held in Marseilles (IMPAC3; 21-27 October 2013). The Congress combined plenary with specialist Workshops and Knowledge Café sessions. Cross-cutting themes focused debate and many side events provided additional opportunities to showcase the work of key initiatives. The Core Congress was followed directly by a high-level policy meeting in Corsica.

IMPAC3 provided an opportunity for Marine Protected Area managers and practitioners to exchange ideas; to better understand different global, regional and national policy processes; and to contribute momentum to the establishment and ongoing implementation of a global ecologically representative system of effectively managed marine protected areas. Insights included progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, methodological tools and processes for good management, recognition of marine protected area services and values, the need for sustainable financing and contributions towards achieving a ‘Blue Economy’.

GOBI was represented throughout the week emphasising the crucial role of aggregating knowledge. The attached summary, kindly provided by the Global Ocean Forum Secretariat provides detail of those sessions specifically tackling issues concerned with Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. In addition, Miles Macmillan-Lawler (GRID Arendal) and Phil Weaver (GOBI Science Coordinator) co-chaired a workshop on The Challenges of Implementing Deep-Sea MPAs, and Phil Weaver presented a talk on Scientific priorities for an ecologically coherent MPA network in Europe in the session on Marine Spatial Planning as a Process Model for Network Design.

Further details of the outcomes from IMPAC3 can be found on the congress website www.impac3.org. A further Summary Report of Workshops Addressing Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction at IMPAC3 is available on the Global Ocean Forum website.

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