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The Monaco Blue Initiative to protect the ocean June 11,2020   |  Source: UNESCO

The Monaco Blue Initiative supported by H.S.H. Albert II of Monaco and implemented by the Oceanographic Institute and the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco, gathered 37 patrons of the ocean--including the Executive Secretary of the IOC, Wendy Watson-Wright-- earlier this month to discuss ways to protect the ocean. During the two day workshop, the group launched its 2010 initiative focusing on the deep sea biodiversity and large marine species.

H.S.H. Albert II also sponsored the IOC-UNESCO co-led ‘Oceans in a High CO2 World’ conference which resulted in the Monaco Declaration, as well as the ‘Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development’ workshop again co-led by UNESCO.

Some of the 37 participants to the Monaco Blue Initiative included Biliana Cicn Sain, head of the Global Ocean Forum; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Jacqueline McGlade, European Environment Agency; Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Susan Avery, Director of Woods Hole Institute; Fréderic Briand, Director of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM); and Philippe Vallette, co-president of the World Ocean Network.

During the workshop the group had


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