8th BioMarine International Business Convention
1-3 oct 2017, Rimouski Qc, Canada View Location

Monaco Blue Initiative 2013

Monaco Blue Initiative 2013


The Monaco Blue Initiative was launched in 2010 upon the initiative of Prince Albert II of Monaco, and is co-organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute, Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco.

Its members meet annually to discuss the current global challenges of ocean protection and preservation. The Monaco Blue Initiative is now an effective platform for communication and exchange between the different sectors of activity and aims to analyze and put forward the possible synergies between the protection of marine ecosystems and socio-economic development.

The early discussions of the Monaco Blue Initiative focused on large marine species and pointed out the efficiency of Marine Protected Areas as a tool for their preservation. Over the last three editions major players and stakeholders from different professional spheres (economic, political, scientific and environmental) have come together to exchange on both the economic and environmental potential of MPAs.

Following on previous editions, the Monaco Blue Initiative 2013 will assess the current status of large predators, notably bluefin tuna and sharks, and discuss the role of MPAs in their preservation in the light of sustainable management of marine natural resources. This issue will be reviewed in the larger perspective of well-managed fishing and aquaculture, as well as the integration of marine ecosystems preservation and MPAs in the « Blue growth » dynamic.


Extracts from the speech of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco:
” [Today’s discussions] outline a few common principles. I can summarise them in three words: creativity, continuity and complementarity”

” This is like a synopsis of the world; a world in which progress can only be made if everyone agrees to transcend their own interests, to break away from their individual habits, to look beyond the people around them and  their time. We can only advance if we can see what unites us, beyond our differences – and if I may say so, beyond the seas…””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.” 
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


Download the 2013 Program

Concluding Address of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco




More information: secretariat@monacoblueinitiative.org   – www.monacoblueinitiative.org


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