INTRODUCING LA PRAIRIE AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN MARINE PROTECTION
La Prairie, in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has established The La Prairie Award for Innovation in Marine Protection. It will recognize and support grassroots projects aimed at resolving environmental issues. The winner will be announced at the Foundation’s gala annual award ceremonies, which will be held in London on 12 October 2012.
“Our collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is a perfect fit,” says Patrick Rasquinet, President and CEO, La Prairie Group. “The Foundation’s objective to advance environmental solutions and promote the sustainability of the earth’s natural resources coincides with our own long-term commitment to marine preservation.” Established in 2006 by Prince Albert II, the Foundation has funded 185 projects around the globe, in addition to awarding individuals who engage themselves in an exceptional manner to safeguard our planet.
The La Prairie Award for Innovation in Marine Protection, which carries a $100,000 donation, will go to one of three initiatives which have been selected amongst the Foundation projects. The two runners-up will receive donations of $20,000 and $10,000. Beyond the monetary award, La Prairie will follow the projects closely, providing support in terms of exposure of their efforts. The final result of the La Prairie Award will be decided by an international jury - presided by Céline Cousteau - and a public on-line vote.
A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO HELP PRESERVE THE OCEANS
Since 2007, La Prairie has been actively engaged in preserving the ocean’s rich ecosystem by using only marine-sourced substances cultivated in a carefully controlled land-based environment in its Advanced Marine Biology Collection of skin-treatment products. It has also sponsored activities to promote environmental awareness, spearheaded by zealous environmentalist Céline Cousteau, participated in environmental business summits and supported the Monaco Blue initiative aimed at influencing public opinion and policy-makers on the damage being done to the world’s oceans and identifying worthy areas of action. The introduction of the La Prairie Award and its below initiatives to promote eco awareness represent the brand’s latest chapter in this long-term commitment.
The winner and runners-up of the 2012 La Prairie Award for Innovation in Marine Protection will be chosen by the following international jury, together with La Prairie fans around the world via an on-line voting system.
|Céline Cousteau, jury president, is the granddaughter of legendary underwater explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau and an accomplished “oceanaut” in her own right. Tirelessly dedicated to promoting eco-awareness, she founded CauseCentric Productions, a non-profit organization which creates short films for mass distribution via various media. The films communicate the stories of grassroots organizations and individuals working on issues related to humans and the environment. Céline is also a compelling public speaker on environmental issues and is worldwide ambassador for La Prairie’s Advanced Marine Biology Collection.
His Excellency Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has long been involved in numerous areas of environmental protection at the international level. He has chaired the Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediter-ranean and the Ramoge Agreement, an initiative undertaken by France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco to protect the marine and coastal environment. He also served as Minister for Public Works and Social Affairs in Monaco and was ambassador to Switzerland and the United Nations in Geneva.
|Vanessa Berlowitz, diplômée de l’Université d’Oxford, résidant à Bristol, Angleterre, a rejoint l’unité « BBC Natural History » en qualité de chercheur en 1991. Elle a produit près de 20 documentaires très remarqués et primés dont « The Human Animal », « Land of the Tiger » et « Life of Mammals » avec Sir David Attenborough. Aves sa collaboration, elle produit et réalise « Planet Earth » et la série « Frozen Planet ». Elle donne également sa contribution de façon régulière pour des livres et des magazines et intervient fréquemment dans des conférences sur la faune et sa conservation.
|Alannah Weston began her career in journalism upon her graduation from Oxford University. She went on to become Creative Director of Windsor, a residential enclave in Florida, where she founded an art gallery for the community. Since May 2004, Alannah has been Creative Director at Selfridges, bringing the store to life through the window displays, collaborations with artists, and inspirational moments. Passionate about the environment, she recently spearheaded Project Ocean at Selfridges to raise awareness of the issue of overfishing. Alannah is also Chairman of the Reta Lila Howard Foundation, a UK based charitable foundation benefitting children.
NOMINEES ADDRESS VARIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
The three finalists for The La Prairie Award for Innovation in Marine Protection were chosen amongst The Albert II of Monaco Foundation projects and represent an interesting variety of environmental challenges… and their proposed solutions.
1st NOMINEE: MARINE SANCTUARY TO HELP SAVE THE MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL
The La Prairie Award would further the work of the sanctuary to help save these symbolic creatures.
2nd NOMINEE: EDUCATIONAL BOAT TEACHES CHILDREN TO RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
The La Prairie Award would enable the MV Kalabia, which has depleted its funding, to carry its message of environmental conservation to another 100 villages.
3rd NOMINEE: CONSERVING THE ECOSYSTEM OF AN EXCEPTIONAL CORAL REEF
Increasing ECO Awareness VIA CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT
La Prairie is inviting its consumers to become an integral part of the selection process for La Prairie Award winner. Consumers will be given the opportunity to view video clips of the three nominated projects, vote for their favorite project and share virally with their friends. Consumer voting will count for half of the final decision.
This initiative coincides with the brand’s new social media channels including a Facebook page, YouTube Channel and Pinterest boards, all launching mid-April 2012. The voting will run through end August 2012.
What’s more, La Prairie will use these channels as a communication platform for eco awareness messages via short video clips featuring Céline Cousteau. “Céline’s Choices” will follow Céline as she tours the globe to promote The La Prairie Award, encourage eco awareness and show how each individual can play a role in preserving the environment.