Program

Press conference to present the IHO general assembly which will be held from 24 to 28 April 2017

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1st Session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization

Mapping our Seas, Oceans and Waterways – more important than ever

Mapping our Seas, Oceans and Waterways - more important than ever - Monaco Ocean WeekThe International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), based in Monaco since 1921, provides the international standards related to hydrographic surveys and nautical charting and fosters cooperation between countries to support the safety of navigation and the sustainable development of their marine environment.

Much remains to be done in terms of mapping the oceans.  To-day, there are higher resolution maps of the Moon and Mars than for most of the world’s oceans.  IHO figures indicate that the depth of less than 15 percent of the oceanic areas has been measured directly and up to 50% of the world’s coastal waters requires to be surveyed.

After nearly a century in Monaco, the IHO enters its second century under a revised governance structure, with the 1st Session of the IHO Assembly that will take place from 24 to 28 April 2017.  Over 300 delegates representing its 87 Member States, together with representatives from international and non–governmental organizations and observers from other States and industry will meet in the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.

Media contact and registration:

Caroline FONTANILI – Public Relations

info@iho.int – +377 93 10 81 00

| Partner organisation |  International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)

Hervé Claustre (LOV-OOV) “Robotic ocean observations within a climate change context: Southern Ocean focus”

| Partner organisation |  Villefranche sur Mer Oceanographic Laboratory 

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

Nuclear and isotopic techniques to assess the impact of pollution and climate change on oceans, focus on the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre based in Monaco.

| Partner organisation |  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Environment Laboratories

Open to the public

7th edition of “La Belle Classe” environmental symposium – the dinner’s theme will entail an open discussion on ocean protection with presentations from marine experts

| Partner organisation |  Monaco Yacht Club

Public awareness campaign
“Ocean observation and How the ocean works”

| Partner organisation |  Villefranche sur Mer Oceanographic Laboratory – Villefranche sur Mer Oceanic Observatory

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean: current situation overview, perspectives and Monaco Marine Protected Areas

| Partner organisation |  ECOMERS Laboratory – Nice Sophia Antipolis University, AMPN

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

“Vamizi, Cradle of Coral” documentary screening; an island off the coast of Mozambique where the biodiversity is protected by means of a communal sanctuary

| Partner organisation |  Friends of Vamizi, Mattias Klum/TierraGrande, IUCN, AndBeyond

From the sea to our plates: A public awareness event for the sustainable consumption of seafood products

| Partner organisation |  FPA2, Mr Goodfish & WWF & MSC

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

Sustainable Financing of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Association Board of Directors

| Partner organisation |  Trust Fund

Public awareness campaign
“Ocean observation and How the ocean works”

| Partner organisation |  Villefranche sur Mer Oceanographic Laboratory – Villefranche sur Mer Oceanic Observatory

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

International regional marine protected areas networks meeting

| Partner organisation |  MedPAN

Sandra Bessudo conference, Malpelo Foundation president, “The history and passion of Malpelo”

| Partner organisation |  FPA2 & Malpelo Foundation – Sandra Bessudo

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

Ocean Elders meeting: a group of directors and prominent figures working for ocean and marine wildlife protection and improvement

| Partner organisation |  Monaco Yacht Club

MONACO BLUE INITIATIVE opening night and presentation of the “Our World-Underwater Scolarship Society” prize which provides underwater experiences to students

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The 8th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) will take place in Monaco, on April 2nd and 3rd, 2017 under the presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Launched in 2010 upon the initiative of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Monaco Blue Initiative is a platform for discussion co-organized by the Oceanographic Institute, Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Its members meet annually to discuss the current and anticipate the future global challenges of ocean management and conservation. This event provides a valuable framework for fostering discussions between business, scientific representatives and policy makers and for analysing and highlighting the possible synergies between the protection of the marine environment and socio-economic development.

The first editions brought forward the issues on large marine species and the deep seas as focal points for protection and conservation and raised the interest of Marine Protected Areas as efficient and tested tools for effective protection. Marine Protected Areas also emphasize the need for cooperation between all the stakeholders involved, theme that was discussed during the third edition in Yeosu in the frame of the international Exhibition. This collaboration and the need for synergy between economic development and environmental protection was also discussed during the fourth edition through the concept of blue growth which is becoming more prevalent today, as new industries, renewable energies, ecotourism and sustainable aquaculture are taking their place at the forefront of marine development and protection.

http://www.monacoblueinitiative.org/en/

| Partner organisation |  FPA2 and the Institute of Oceanography and Our World-Underwater Scolarship Society by ROLEX

« Cetaceans’ Strandings » workshop : help us saving dolphins and whales of Pelagos Sanctuary; come see a stranding scene reconstruction and learn life-saving gestures!

| Partner organisation |  Pelagos Agreement and ACCOBAMS

Open to the public

Conference, “15 Years of Pelagos Agreement – A New Era for the Marine Mammal Sanctuary”. Cocktail and show following the conference.

| Partner organisation |  Pelagos Agreement

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public

Students on Ice Foundation Board of Directors, educational expeditions for students to polar regions

| Partner organisation |  Students on Ice Foundation

Lunch with Students on Ice Foundation members

| Partner organisation |  Students on Ice Foundation

Arctic Marine World Heritage launch

| Partner organisation |  UNESCO – NRDC

RESERVATIONS Subject to availability

Open to the public