There are several area-based management tools that have been proved to protect the moana and bring multiple benefits. These include marine spatial plans, reserves, and also customary tools rāhui, taiāpure and māitaitai. We believe that through dialogue, we can identify the best management policies. We are bidding to bring the 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC6) to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2026

By closing off certain areas of ocean from extractive activities e.g. industrial fishing or mining, marine biomass bounces back and produces multiple benefits.

We are in the process of beginning an official bid to the Executive Committee of IMPAC, piloted by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas – Marine, to bring the 6th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC6) to Aotearoa New Zealand, likely in May or June 2026.

We firmly believe this country is uniquely positioned to discuss and advance marine protection tools, and shine a light across the world. Aotearoa New Zealand as a bicultural nation can offer a different world view, through Indigenous knowledge and Te Ao Māori, so relevant in theses times of climate and biodiversity crisis and that can benefit humanity.

We are working with Tourism New Zealand and multiple institutional and iwi stakeholders to make this event happen, to foster dialogue about marine conservation, to benefit a designated candidate City (tbc), and especially help the ocean, its ecosystems and species.

Next year, will take place in Vancouver, Canada the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress. (IMPAC5). It is our goal to attend this event and to bring the Congress “home” 4 years later in 2026. Get in touch and join us!

If you are interested in joining an Organizing Committee and/or to sponsor the event, please let us know. We hope to bring as many relevant stakeholders on board as possible, and crucially whānau, hapū and iwi, and the government.

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