Pelagos Initiative

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Project funding

The Pelagos Sanctuary is a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI) which contains habitats of endangered species and which is of scientific, aesthetic, cultural and educational interest. Within the framework of the Convention for Biological Diversity and the Barcelona Convention, the States had undertaken to achieve Aïchi target 11: 10% effective protection of the sea by 2020. A target of 30% AMP and AMCE by 2030 is currently under discussion. Even if some sites are being created, this objective is still far from being achieved: today less than 9% of the Mediterranean Sea is theoretically under protection status. The Pelagos Sanctuary alone represents 38.9% of the protected area.


The Pelagos Initiative, with the mobilization of civil society and committed actors, can act as a lever for strengthening the protection of the Sanctuary. The territory of the Pelagos Sanctuary extends well beyond the coastal zone and the strengthening of its protection could become an example for the management of Marine Protected Areas in the open sea.

Support and promote studies and collaborative activities between France, Italy and Monaco, in the Pelagos Sanctuary with the aim of contributing to the conservation of marine mammals
Mobilize attention on the Sanctuary both on its characteristics and on the actions undertaken
Promote interactions and animate common activities between the various managers of Marine Protected Areas within the Sanctuary
Launch calls for projects to implement the actions mentioned above and contribute to the protection and conservation objectives of the Sanctuary

Fondation Didier et Martine Primat - Vivre ensemble de manière responsable et durable

In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet's alarming environmental situation. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones and focuses its efforts focus on three main areas.