Under its President, Derek Queisser de Stockalper, the Swiss branch of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation developed close ties with key environmental stakeholders in Switzerland this year, particularly those working in academia, finance and ocean protection.

To broaden its network and thereby support the Foundation’s priorities, the Swiss branch forged new links with the Graduate Institute of Geneva and the Swiss Re Foundation and Institute, and consolidated its relationship with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

The Swiss branch received funding from Basel Zoo and some long-standing donors, enabling it to contribute to three key projects in 2022: a WWF project aimed at protecting large pelagic fish in the Mediterranean, the ‘Ice Breaker’ project that preserves ice cores in the context of accelerated climate change, and lastly a project related to chimpanzee and human coexistence.

The branch also established a partnership with the Mission of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations in Geneva to boost their respective networks. The first joint initiative was presenting the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Environmental Photography Award at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva during a reception to mark The National Day of Monaco.

The Foundation enjoys a growing reputation in new stakeholder communities, as well as within its traditional networks, thanks to its Committee members’ efforts to seek new support at the same time as promoting major and innovative environmental issues in Switzerland and beyond