The 11th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative began on Thursday, May 28, for the first in a series of workshops that are taking place in a virtual format as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The first workshop discussed the ways in which marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective conservation measures can be central to international discussions and act collectively for development.

In his welcome address, HSH Prince Albert noted that the coronavirus crisis has shown the level of vulnerability of societies, noting that that this session provides an opportunity to discuss how to ensure engagement of all stakeholders, including coastal communities, in effective management of MPAs.

Delivering a keynote address, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, noted that coronavirus has increased recognition of the One Health approach to ensuring the health of people, animals and nature.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, in a pre-recorded keynote address reported on the EU’s commitment to protect 30 percent of the area covered by oceans by 2030 for biodiversity and to restore carbon sinks.
José María Figueres Olsen, Former President of Costa Rica, Co-founder and Board Chair of Ocean Unite, moderated the panel discussion.

PHOTO: Participants in the Monaco Blue Initiative on May 28