Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

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Inspired by his great-great-grandfather Prince Albert I, a pioneer in oceanography whose 1906 marine expedition surveyed Spitsbergen, a little-known Norwegian island bordering the Arctic Ocean, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco embarked on his own journey to the Arctic in 2006 and witnessed firsthand the alarming effects of global warming. Upon his return he founded the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale.

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The foundation and Pew first collaborated to protect the Canadian boreal forest, which resulted in the preservation of 230,000 square miles (600,000 square kilometers) of forest in Quebec. Since then the  foundation has also joined Pew’s efforts to create a network of marine protected areas in the Canadian Arctic and has been a vital supporter and influential voice with Pew in a campaign focused on establishing a legal regime through the United Nations to enable the designation of marine reserves and protected areas on the high seas.

“Monaco may not be the biggest country in the world, but I am determined to show it can be among the most innovative in its approaches to the environment,” Prince Albert says.  “I am pleased to be able to increase the impact of our investments by joining with Pew and its science- and community-based approach to conservation.  

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