Friday, May 6, 2016

06/05/2016: 7th Monaco Blue Initiative – held in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hosted the 7th Monaco Blue Initiative in Sao Paulo, Brazil, one month ago on April 4, 2016 and the outcomes from which are being reported in the upcoming edition of International Aquafeed magazine, our May-June 2016 edition, to be published next week.

As well as its Oceanographic Institute, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is largely fuelled by the input of the Monaco Blue Initiative through the discussions and meetings it facilitates. 

Introducing this year’s gathering in Sao Paulo was Robert Calcagno (left), CEO of the Oceanographic Institute of the Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco and H.E.M. Bernard Fautrier (right), Vice-President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

“Since 2010 we have united scientists, economic players, political leaders and environmen-talists to deliberate freely about the state of our oceans and above all their future. 

“Our goal is to bridge any divisions that may exist between the various players working on maritime areas in order to identify practices and concrete solutions that are likely to meet consensus.
“Admittedly, this is not always easy but we are keen to point out how satisfied we are about the extremely significant changes we have seen emerge and develop over the past seven years with a near consensual awareness of the need to take action for the truly sustainable management of our maritime areas,” says Robert Calcagno. 

“2015 was a memorable year which saw the international community united around the Oceans. First of all the United Nations adopted a sustainable development goal specific to the Oceans: Goal number 14 in which you, Your Highness, were very much involved and which was not initially foreseen in the UN papers. 

“Subsequently, came the agreement regarding the opening of negotiations to establish a legal instrument on the preservation of biodiversity on the High Seas, which represent over 60 percent of all ocean spaces and still today are not governed by any international law.
“Here again Monaco made a great deal of effort and we welcome the fact that negotiations finally began in New York in late March 2016.

Attendees at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's 7th Monaco Blue Initiative in Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Finally, at the end of the year COP 21 specifically took into consideration the role the Oceans play in climate regulation and the impact of climate change on the living resources
living there.”

The role of aquaculture
H.E.M. Bernard Fautrier says, “Having discussed the use of the ocean’s living resources at previous editions, today (this year’s meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil) we will give further thought to the role that aquaculture can play in response to the increasing demand for sea products, in particular in Latin America.”

He added that waste, the scourge of modern society, is increasingly becoming a raw material worthy of interest. 

While this year’s meeting would “not be able to wind up the debate on such issues in just one day”, he told the delegates he was convinced that discussions would enable each attendee to return to their offices, laboratories and businesses with “a few new ideas and a few certainties to be put into place.”

It is those outcomes we will be reporting in the upcoming edition of International Aquafeed, which was attended by Publisher Roger Gilbert and writer Roy Palmer.

Read more HERE.

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