Decades of political, scientific and campaigning experience and expertise gathered in Paris at the Oceanographic Institute to explore Antarctica, Today and Tomorrow. In his opening video message, His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, noted that securing agreement on the Ross Sea marine protected area has inspired us to use our experience, “to go further”.
His Serene Highness was speaking via video from Monaco and emphasised the need to develop a network of marine protected areas in East Antarctica.
This message was echoed throughout the day with calls not only for France, Australia and the EU to deliver the East Antarctica marine protected area, but for all the members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to agree marine protected areas in Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsular by 2020 – the bicentenary of the first sighting of Antarctica and the call of #Antarctica2020.
Additional notable contributions came from:
His Excellency Stephen Brady, Ambassador of Australia to France
Brice Lalonde, President of the French Académie de l’Eau, Former Environment Minister in Michel Rocard’s Government (1988-1992)
Jim Barnes, Founder, Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
Kelly Rigg, Greenpeace Antarctica Campaign Coordinator (1984-1992), Director, The Varda Group
Professor Thomas Stocker, University of Bern, Former Co-Chair WG 1, IPCC
Anne-Catherine Ohlmann, CEO, Fondation Université Grenoble Alpes, ICE Memory Project
Professor Françoise Gaill, Scientific Director, Ocean & Climate Platform
His Excellency Serge Ségura, Roving Ambassador for Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Professor Philippe Koubbi, UPMC, Museum of Natural History, Paris
Anne-Gaelle Verdier, Deputy Director of Environment, Southern Seas & Antarctic Territories, France
Ryan Dolan, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Dr. Jean-Louis Étienne, Polar Explorer
A report of the day was compiled by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, and it can be viewed in full …