9 April 2024

April 9, 2024 ticket

April 9, 2024. On the eve of the announcement of the Mediterranean Missions in Barcelona, as part of the second meeting of the Decade of the Ocean, Xavier Prache sets the scene, looks ahead to future missions and measures the ground already covered since his arrival on September 1, 2023 at the head of Explorations de Monaco.

Off we go!

Here we go! April 9, 2024. Announcing Monaco’s Mediterranean Explorations Missions!

Barely 7 months after taking the helm of this singular platform, entirely dedicated to serving H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s commitment to the knowledge, sustainable management and protection of the Ocean, I find myself in Barcelona. From the top of the terrace of the apartment rented for the occasion, the Explorations team’s HQ for this baptism of fire, I contemplate the Port Vell and its promenade, where the travelling exhibition on Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, entitled “Time for Action”, has been on display for the past few days. This formidable mediation tool is the result of a lot of hard work, carried out with our partners for the occasion. Everything is ready, or seems to be! The team worked for it! Before me, Gilles Bessero, former director of Explorations de Monaco, had paved the way. Like a good ship’s captain, I followed her, making sure that every member of the crew was prepared for the big day.

And here we are! The first mediation activities began the previous day with classes from the Lycée Français de Barcelone, including the 4th grade class with “maritime challenges”. Students who are already motivated and committed, to be tomorrow’s ambassadors of the Mediterranean to their classmates and families, and the day after tomorrow to their children, in turn, and to their colleagues in their professional lives. They’re lively, interested and curious, with the insolence that youth still allows: the challenges facing the Mediterranean in general, and the Marine Protected Areas in particular, are nourished by this youth, this strength, this hope for the future. The Mediterranean nugget of biodiversity, which accounts for less than 1% of the world’s oceans but is home to 8% of the world’s marine species and 28% of endemic species, needs this commitment if it is to have any chance of meeting the ambitious targets set out in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022: 30% of the Mediterranean duly conserved and managed by 2030! It’s time for action.

For months, the team has been working on the events that will mark the announcement day. But we’re not alone: the co-organizers of these events, MedPAN, SPA/RAC, The MedFund and Monk Seal Alliance, have been supporting us from the outset. Our institutional partners too, the Princely Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute, the Monaco Scientific Centre, and the Yacht Club de Monaco, thanks to whom we are lucky enough to be accompanied to Barcelona by Tuiga, the Principality of Monaco’s heritage sailing boat. No, we’re not alone, and we’re even privileged to be able to count on the presence of the Sovereign Prince at each of our satellite events. What other country in the world can boast such a commitment, on a daily basis, to the Ocean, and here in particular the Mediterranean Sea?

The stage is set for Mediterranean Missions. For a long time! Just imagine: 7 years of missions all around the Mediterranean, in the service of Marine Protected Areas and their managers. Barcelona will be followed in October 2024 by the first Mediterranean Missions launch mission, in Greece! 5 weeks in which we look forward to coming back to you to share the Principality of Monaco’s commitment…

Onwards and upwards! Set course for the Mediterranean and its Marine Protected Areas!

Time for Action

The Mediterranean nugget of biodiversity, which accounts for less than 1% of the world’s oceans but is home to 8% of the world’s marine species and 28% of endemic species, needs this commitment if it is to have any chance of meeting the ambitious targets set out in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022: 30% of the Mediterranean duly conserved and managed by 2030! It’s time for action.

Xavier Prache

Xavier PRACHE

Director of Explorations in Monaco.

Xavier PRACHE succeeded Gilles BESSERO on September 1, 2023.

Governance of Monaco Explorations

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