Monaco Ocean Week: from March 24 to 30, 2019, 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 third edition of Monaco Ocean Week, from 24 to 30 March 2019. 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. The possibilities offered by biomimicry, the opportunities created by bioplastics, rethinking yachting of the future, pooling initiatives to curb and tackle plastic pollution more effectively, and developing a sustainable ocean economy are among the themes that will be tackled during a variety of workshops and talks being held throughout the week.

Opening Monaco Ocean Week on 24 and 25 March is the 10th 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. Among the questions being debated this year are: in the context of conservation and exploitation, how can we ensure the effective protection of the marine environment beyond the Aichi targets, how does a coherent network of MPAs contribute to the protection of migratory species, and what economic value should be attached to MPAs?

From 24 to 30 March, the Principality of Monaco, whose marine conservation initiatives are widely recognised, will once again be putting key ocean issues in the spotlight.