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Monaco Blue Initiative

Monaco Blue Initiative 2012

The subject of marine protected areas is extremely productive. It provides essential strategies for the broader issues of biodiversity protection, preservation of marine areas and,
more importantly, man’s harmonious coexistence with his natural  environment (…) to establish effective and lasting biodiversity management systems, we must, first and foremost, widen our field of vision.

Extract from the concluding speech of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, during the 2nd edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative at the oceanographic Museum of Monaco on the 14th February 2011.


Marine Protected Areas

A win-win for biodiversity and economic development

Created under the aegis of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) is a think tank that brings together different actors (scientific, economic, political and associative) sharing a common commitment for the sustainable management and the preservation of the oceans. It is co-organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute, Foundation Albert Ist, Prince of Monaco.

Following on from the first two editions, the Monaco Blue Initiative develops and encourages a new vision for the spatial management of human activities at sea in relation to marine biodiversity. The MBI aims to place an emphasis on the potential synergies between a healthy environment and economic as well as social development around marine protected areas.

The third edition of the MBI will be held on the 4th June 2012 within the World Expo of Yeosu in South Korea, with the theme « the Living Ocean and Coast », and will focus on the integrated management of marine areas. This event will be an opportunity to pool together good practices in this field and share new perspectives of international cooperation for the sustainable management of the oceans.

This edition in Yeosu will highlight innovative initiatives from the Asia-Pacific zone, with a particular emphasis on the potential and role of marine protected areas for socio-economic development, aimed at political and economic decision-makers.

More information:
Permanent secretariat of the Monaco Blue Initiative

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