Press conference to present the IHO general assembly which will be held from 24 to 28 April 2017
1st Session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization
Mapping our Seas, Oceans and Waterways – more important than ever
The 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
firstname.lastname@example.org – +377 93 10 81 00
| Partner organisation | International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)
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
Monaco Solar & Electric Boat Challenge: a race for solar & Electric powered vessels, designed and driven by international university students
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“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
MONACO BLUE INITIATIVE opening night and presentation of the “Our World-Underwater Scolarship Society” prize which provides underwater experiences to students
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.