H.S.H. Prince Albert II hosted Monaco Ocean Week to better understand the environmental dangers to our planet, especially our oceans. Monaco Ocean Week included 30 events, including the 8th Monaco Blue Initiative, to bring together local and international experts, the scientific community, the voluntary sector and public authorities to reflect on marine conservation and blue economy.
Ocean Elders H.M. Queen Noor, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Walter Munk, Captain Don Walsh and Cathy Novelli all participated in Monaco Ocean Week to support H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
Also during Monaco Ocean Week, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, ministers from the Government of Monaco, France, Italy and the permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos agreement signed the Headquarters Agreement to provide for the recognition of the legal status of the Pelagos Permanent Secretariat in the Principality. This is a key milestone in regard to the involvement of the member states in order to strengthen this sanctuary for marine mammals.
Signed by France, Italy and Monaco in Rome on 25th November 1999, the Pelagos Agreement concerns the creation of a sanctuary to protect marine mammals and their habitat from all types of human induced threats. The sanctuary is a pilot area of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area.
Pelagos is the only international marine protected area dedicated to the protection of marine mammals in the Mediterranean. This maritime area covering 87,500 km² displays a wealth of biological riches and is home to many cetacean species.