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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and BirdLife committed to the protection of penguins

Created in 2011 by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the goal of the “Summer Dream” evening events is to bring together, for just one night, talented individuals who are sensitive to the environmental causes defended by the Foundation. This year, the Serbian violin virtuoso, Nemanja Radulovic, the winner of the Victoires de la Musique in 2014, enchanted all art and music lovers on 18th July 2017 with his ensemble “Double Sens”.  His latest recording devoted to Bach featured on the programme of this exceptional evening organised in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The aim of this evening of music with a dinner created by Paolo Sari, a Michelin starred chef, was to support a joint project conducted by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and one of its longstanding partners, BirdLife International, for the protection of penguins, of which ten out of eighteen species are critically endangered.

The world leader in bird protection, Birdlife International, set up in 1922, currently has a global network of 122 partners, environmental and non-governmental organisations, established in 120 countries.

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The Foundation signs an agreement with the Low Carbon Economy Service Committee of Shanghai

On 14th July 2017, Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed an agreement with Mr Yuhua Zhu, President of the Monaco-China association, and representing the Low Carbon Economy Service Committee of Shanghai. This Chinese association has created influential international conferences, such as the “China CleanPath”, as well as international fora dedicated to the issues it holds close to its heart: energy saving and planet protection.

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The Foundation and WWF sign the 4th phase of their ?bluefin? tuna project

In January 2008, on the initiative of its President, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and WWF signed a partnership to save the bluefin tuna from extinction. The aim of the project is to promote responsible consumption, to create a marine sanctuary protecting one of the last breeding areas in the Mediterranean and to implement a scientific campaign which involves the live capture, measurement, tagging (conventional and satellite) and release of bluefin tuna, in order to improve scientific knowledge of the species.

On 11th July 2017, Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International and HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation signed a new partnership agreement which represents the fourth phase of the “bluefin tuna” project.

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Kick-off workshop for the third Mediterranean Water Forum

On Tuesday 11th July 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM) organised a regional kick-off workshop in Monaco for the third Mediterranean Water Forum in Alger in December 2017.

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23rd meeting of the Foundation’s scientific and technical committee

On 28th June 2017, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed the members of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation‘s Scientific and Technical Committee which met for its 23rd working session in the Principality. The meeting focused chiefly on the examination of fifteen new projects concerning Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water, which following the opinion of the Scientific and Technical Committee and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors on 30th September 2017, may be offered the Foundation’s support.

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Second edition of the Aquafilm Festival on the Island of Elba

For the second year running, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation offered its support to the Aquafilm Festival which took place in Portoferraio on the Island of Elba from 23rd to 25th June 2017.  The festival featured several short films focused on water, as well as workshops and cultural and scientific meetings.

Divided into three themes - fresh water, sea water and thermal water - the film competition was created by Eleonora Vallone, an actress and journalist.

A screening of the film l’Odyssée, produced by Jérôme Salle and which recounts the story of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, took place at the beginning of the festival. Maurizio Coduri, President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Italian branch and Hélène El Missouri, Project Administrator for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation presented the film “Retour aux sources” (filmed by Monaco’s Communications Office) which traces the journey made by water on Monegasque territory.

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The Prince Albert II Foundation receives the Sophie Rochas Foundation’s top prize

On 22nd June 2017, Mrs Sophie Rochas announced the official launch of her Foundation dedicated to innovation in the environmental, cultural and health sectors. On this occasion a “Sophie Rochas” rose bush, planted in the Princess Grace rose gardens was unveiled and then blessed by the Archbishop of Monaco.  

To honour the innovative environmental policy implemented by the Prince Albert II Foundation over the last ten years, Mrs Sophie Rochas presented the Sovereign Prince with the Sophie Rochas Foundation’s top prize of 5,000 Euros.

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An agreement signed between the Foundation and CNRS

On the occasion of a visit by HSH Prince Albert II to the Observatoire Océanologique in Villefranche-sur-Mer on 21st June 2017, an agreement was signed between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and CNRS, acting both in its own name and on behalf of the Observatoire Océanologique of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The purpose of the agreement is the provision of funding by the Foundation with a view to implementing a project to put into place six Bioargo PH floats: BGC-Argo-pH.

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Launch of the "Flowers for Bees" campaign

On 19th June 2017 the campaign entitled “Flowers for Bees”  (Fleurs pour les Abeilles) was launched by the Observatoire Français d’Apidologie. Established in the Var, amid the Sainte Baume Mountains, the observatory promotes the restocking of bees and aims to strengthen pollination in order to maintain agricultural production. 

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A visit to the vultures in the Mercantour

On Monday 19th June, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco travelled to the Mercantour, to observe a baby vulture which hatched a few months ago in the cliff hollows on the slopes of the Col de la Bonette. The Sovereign was able to see the young vulture on the rim of its nest, where one of its parents was bringing it food.  The newly installed parents consist of a female called Bellemotte which was released into the Vercors in 2012 and a male which has not yet been given a name.

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