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Canada | Pact to create Tallurutiup Imanga MPA will include range of benefits to Inuit people

In northeastern Canada, on the western edge of Baffin Bay, lies one of the most biologically rich marine places in the Arctic—the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area (also known as Lancaster Sound). Soon Inuit who live in this region, at the eastern entrance to Canada’s Northwest Passage, will begin participating in management of the area and continue benefiting from its extraordinary ecological value.

This week, the Canadian government and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, representing more than 14,000 Inuit from the region, announced the negotiation of a precedent-setting deal, the Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA). This pact—once approved by the Canadian government—will complete the largest unified land and water protected area in Canada and, importantly, achieve one-fifth of the country’s goal of protecting 10 percent of Canadian waters by 2020.

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