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Canadas Oceans Protection Plan- Investments in New Research Activities to Reduce Impacts on Marine Mammals from Shipping and Improve Response to Emergency Pollution Incidents
by Canada (Government)
In November 2016, the Government of Canada launched a $1.5 billion (CAD) national Oceans Protection Plan to help keep Canadian waters and coasts safe and clean, for todays use and for future generations. This national strategy will protect Canadas coasts and waterways and to preserve and restore marine ecosystems vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan the Government of Canada is investing in scientific research activities which will aim to address threats to marine mammals and better understand the potential for cumulative effects from shipping.

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada will also fund improved research capacity to seek safe, reliable, and more effective technologies to clean up oil spills. New investments will fund research to help improve emergency response to marine pollution incidents on the water drawing on the expertise and experience of the science community both in Canada and abroad. This program will build on the work of Fisheries and Oceans Canadas world-leading Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research and will encourage collaboration on scientific research with Indigenous and local communities, international research facilities and industry.
Progress reports
14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
SHIPPING
  • Other (please specify): Improved technology to respond to pollution incidents
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Scientific cooperation
November 2016
Undertake scientific research activities to address threats to marine mammals and better understand the potential for cumulative effects from shipping.
November 2016
Improved research capacity to seek safe, reliable, and more effective technologies to clean up oil spills
November 2016
Fund research to improve emergency response to marine pollution incidents on the water working with science community in Canada and abroad
Other, please specify
Significant financial, in kind, technical and expert resources have been mobilized by the Government of Canada for new research.
Basic information
Time-frame: November 2016 - Ongoing
Partners
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Government), Transport Canada (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Richard Vaughan, Economics and Policy Analyst, Richard.Vaughan@dfo-mpo.gc.ca , 343-543-2026
Ottawa, Canada
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