From 30 March to 4 April 2017, the future of oceans under debate in Monaco

The Principality of Monaco’s commitment to marine ecosystem conservation is deeply rooted in its history: from the inauguration of the Institute of Oceanography by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1911, to the more recently created Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006.

The aim to increase the awareness of environmental dangers to our planet, and especially our oceans, is once again a priority on the Monaco agenda over the coming weeks.

From 30 March to 4 April, in partnership with Rolex, local actors and Monaco-based international organisations will share their experiences and reflect on marine conservation and blue economy sustainable development at the Monaco Ocean Week.


Oceans are precious and need our protection: a week of debates, reflection and public awareness

From 30 March to 4 April, more than 30 events will be organised in the Principality of Monaco’s symbolic venues. These events will bring together local and international experts, the scientific community, the voluntary sector and public authorities.

Press conferences, workshops, symposiums, seminars, award ceremonies, exhibitions, documentary film screenings and public awareness workshops will be held in the Oceanographic Museum, the Monaco Yacht Club, the Minister of State’s official residence, the International Hydrographic Organization’s head office and Stars’N’Bars.

Some of the events will be open to the public: the aim is to raise public awareness by explaining the challenges we all face in preserving oceans.

The public will be able to freely attend events based on themes such as the link between climate change and ocean degradation, the challenges of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean, the importance of developing Marine Protected Areas, the need to encourage sustainable consumption of seafood products and marine biodiversity preservation.


The Monaco Ocean Week or the Mediterranean as an initiatives lab

The Principality of Monaco is today a hub for ocean protection actions, research and innovation. The main aim of the Monaco Ocean Week is to unite the actors who are driven by these goals and to raise public awareness about marine protection actions.

Examples of partners who will present their actions during the week:

  • ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea)
  • CIESM (International Commission for Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean)
  • RAMOGE (Instrument for scientific, technical, legal and administrative cooperation between French, Monegasque and Italian governments)
  • MEDPAN (Network of Managers of Marine Protected Areas)
  • MR GOODFISH (Public- and industry-responsible seafood awareness campaign)
  • PELAGOS (Mediterranean sea mammal protection zone)
  • AMAO (Monaco Ocean Acidification Association)
  • IHO (International Hydrographic Organisation)
  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), etc.