From 7 January to 11 March the exhibition “Protecting UNESCO’s World Marine Heritage through Scientific Research” was shown along the gates of the Jardins Saint-Martin in Monaco with the collaboration of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Monaco.
The exhibition was endorsed as an activity of the United Nations Decade for Ocean Sciences. For two months, visitors could discover the 21 photographs which illustrate the expeditions that Monaco Explorations carried out at several UNESCO World Heritage marine sites, including the 2018 expedition devoted to Malpelo (Colombia) in which H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco participated personally.
On January 20, 2021, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, accompanied by some twenty guests - including H.E. Mr. Dartout, Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco, H.E. Mr Fautrier, Special Advisor of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince for environment, Mr Laurent Anselmi, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms Lambin Berti, Permanent Delegate of Monaco to UNESCO, Mr. Zuellig, Honorary Consul General of the Philippines in Monaco and his wife - visited the exhibition guided by Mr. Calcagno, Chief Executive Officer of the Oceanographic Institute and Managing Director of Monaco Explorations.
A few weeks later, the staff of Monaco Explorations presented the exhibition to the pupils of the UNESCO Club of the Charles III Middle School of Monaco. The children were thus informed about the partnership between the Principality of Monaco and UNESCO, the sustainable development objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the launch of the United Nations Decade for Ocean Sciences. Through Monaco Explorations expeditions, they discovered four marine sites listed as World Heritage Sites: Tubbataha Reef Natural Park (Philippines), Malpelo Wildlife Sanctuary (Colombia), South Lagoon of the Chelbacheb Islands (Palau) and Lagoons of New Caledonia (France). The visit also provided an opportunity to explain some of the scientific techniques of marine biology such as the inventory of species by deploying probes, environmental DNA or the use of remotely operated vehicles. They then continued their visit at the Oceanographic Museum and took part in several educational activities.
After its display in Monaco, the exhibition was sent to the UNESCO Club of La Rochelle (France). It will first be used to support educational activities at the Maritime High School of La Rochelle. Then, from 8 June (World Ocean Day) until the end of August it will be presented on the quays of La Rochelle harbour. The exhibition should reach a large audience on this new attractive esplanade.