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The sixth annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) is underway, and Marine Conservation Institute has a seat at the table—virtually, that is. Will you join us?

The IMCC brings together conservationists from around the globe to develop new tools to bridge marine science and policy. Every year, over 200 marine conservation professionals and students attend the conference (which is hosted online this year rather than in the sailing city of Kiel, Germany). It is arguably the most important international event for marine conservation, drawing scientists, journalists, policy-makers, artists, and educators.

You can register for the conference here — €25 grants you access to virtual conferences, symposiums, and chat rooms from August 17-28. If you’d like to catch our very own Marine Conservation Institute scientists as we discuss marine protected areas (MPAs) and our tools for tracking them and measuring effectiveness, be sure to tune in to the following two symposiums:

  • SSC-03 Increasing transparency and clarity in tracking Marine Protected Areas: Introducing The MPA Guide (hosted by Oregon State University)
    • Wed. Aug 26, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Coordinated Universal Time
  • SSC-06 Measuring Effective Marine Protection to Ensure Biodiversity Conservation (hosted by Marine Conservation Institute)
    • Thu. Aug 27, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Coordinated Universal Time

As the conservation community pushes to meet and exceed international marine protection goals, it’s important that our tools and conversations focus on not only the amount of area protected, but the degree to which these areas are effectively protected. During next week’s presentations and round-table discussions, we’ll be unveiling the highly-anticipated latest version of our Marine Protection Atlas (browse our current page here), workshopping ways to utilize the collaborative MPA Guide, and digging into the possibilities that our Blue Parks Awards offer for standardizing and incentivizing effective marine protected areas around the globe.

Follow along on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates from the conference, or register and join us for these important live conversations as we work with the international community to shape the near future of marine conservation!