The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Blancpain formalize their institutional partnership aboard the unique exploration vessel, the M.V. Yersin, in recognition of their shared values and objectives in the realm of the protection and preservation of the oceans.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II, a committed Head of State, continues the exceptional legacy of Prince Albert I of Monaco, who, during his lifetime, undertook 28 exploration projects and is internationally renowned as a pioneer of modern oceanography. Prince Albert II ensures that marine and environmental issues are at the forefront of the international stage, through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Together with its partners, the Foundation strives to improve awareness of the impact of human activity on natural environments in order to encourage ecological awareness. The Foundation is involved in the realms of climate change, renewable energy, biodiversity, marine resources and desertification.
Blancpain has dedicated itself to the cause of conservation and safeguarding of the oceans honoring ts close ties with diving and the Fifty Fathoms heritage which goes back six decades. he Manufacture is convinced that support for the protection of the environment depends directly on public information and strives to encourage overall awareness as well as sponsoring large-scale scientific projects, oceanographic explorations, underwater photography, environmental forums, public exhibitions, high-profile publications and a dedicated website.
The Foundation and the Manufacture work to combine forces in order to lead concrete activities, raise public awareness, and promote innovative initiatives and solutions. Both parties already collaborate by supporting the National Geographic Pristine Seas initiative of which Blancpain is a long-serving partner and for which H.S.H. Prince Albert II is president of the advisory committee. The program notably enables the protection of vast marine areas in the United States, Great Britain, Chile, Gabon, Kiribati and Costa Rica, which now extend over more than 2,200,000 square kilometers. These protected areas represent a key condition in grasping the true dimensions of the impact made by human beings on ocean life and evaluating the implementation of conservation activities. They also embody an essential step in improving ocean health for future generations.