Monaco Ocean Week: from March 22 to 28, 2020, the Principality of Monaco will, once again, actively support ocean conservation

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

The aim to raise awareness of environmental dangers to our planet, and especially our oceans, is once again a priority on the third edition of the Monaco Ocean Week agenda.

The Monaco Ocean Week, in partnership with Rolex, will provide the perfect opportunity for local actors and Monaco-based international organisations to share their experiences and reflect on marine conservation and “blue” economy sustainable development.

A week of information sharing, analysis and raising awareness to improve our understanding of future stakes

None other than the future of our shared heritage will be the subject of the fourth edition of Monaco Ocean Week, from 22 to 28 March 2020. This unifying event is bringing together scientists, experts, NGOs and representatives of civil society to discuss the key issue of ocean protection. On the agenda are topics addressing innovation, research and developing a blue economy. Possibilities offered by Innovation, pooling initiatives to curb and tackle plastic pollution more effectively or developing a sustainable ocean economy are among the themes that will be tackled during the various workshops and talks being held throughout the week.

Opening Monaco Ocean Week on 23 March is the 11th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative, whose objective is the development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by increasing their effectiveness and extent. These sanctuaries appear to be one of the most appropriate solutions for protecting marine ecosystems from human activities. Still too few in number since they only represent 7.44% of the surface of the world’s oceans, MPAs must be multiplied and better managed in order to protect marine biodiversity.  “How to place Marine Protected Areas and Other Effective Conservation Measures at the heart of international discussions and how to act collectively in favor of their development?”“What lessons can be learned from community-led initiatives – and more generally from civil society – in the management and conservation of protected areas?” “How can the Blue EconÒomy be combined with sustainable ocean management in the fields of tourism, transport, energy, fisheries and aquaculture?” are among the questions that will be in debate this year.

From 22 to 28 March, the Principality of Monaco, whose marine conservation initiatives are widely recognised, will once again be putting key ocean issues in the spotlight.