March 29, 2022 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada
In partnership with Parks Canada, the Canada Pavilion unveiled its final Expo 2020 Dubai photographic outdoor exhibition, showcasing the country’s spectacular national parks, historic sites and extensive marine conservation areas as part of Expo’s Water Week.
Canada is committed to protecting biodiversity and is taking action to conserve marine and coastal waters through close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories.
The images offer insight into how water has connected Canadian communities for millennia, thanks to Indigenous stewardship, and showcases the actions being taken today by Parks Canada and Indigenous communities to preserve this important resource in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.
Canada’s goal is to protect 25 percent of marine and coastal areas by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030, and has surpassed its target to conserve 10 percent of marine and coastal waters by 2020. Enhancing the protection of marine ecosystems helps to conserve biodiversity, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and maintain the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples, who have long been stewards of these waters.
“We are proud to complete our participation at Expo Dubai 2020 with an exhibition that offers visitors a closer view of Canada’s spectacular beauty and vast coastal geographies, and recognises the contribution of Indigenous Knowledge and leadership in preserving our cultural and natural heritage. Thank you to Parks Canada for enabling us to showcase this to the world through Expo 2020 Dubai.”
– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General of Canada, Expo 2020 Dubai
Canada established the first national parks service in the world in May 1911. Parks Canada has been a leader in the protection and presentation of natural and cultural heritage through its systems of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Parks Canada is the steward of 47 national parks, one national urban park, five national marine conservation areas and 171 national historic sites, including nine heritage canals. More than 30 of these places are managed through co-management and collaborative arrangements with Indigenous peoples.
During its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada Pavilion hosted three spectacular outdoor photographic exposition in collaboration with Parks Canada.
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Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation capable and intent on offering solutions to global challenges.”
“On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.”
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