Projects We Currently Support
Switzerland for the Oceans, through its core focus on fundraising, has the aim to create synergy between ocean conservation stakeholders. All of the projects that we select are delivered by expert marine biologists and sector experienced organisations that for 2018 include Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Blue Marine Foundation UK.
Beautiful, picturesque, paradise. We are supporting the conservation efforts of the Blue Marine Foundation in the Aeolian islands.
The Aeolian islands, an archipelago north of Sicily, are home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. With their secluded black-sand beaches against a postcard backdrop of volcanoes and lush vegetation, it is no wonder the islands attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
The islands are also the home of many creatures – bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead turtles, sperm wales and there are various species of fish that thrive in the Aeolian waters.
However, the Aeolian Islands are in danger.
Increasing tourism, excessive illegal over-fishing, abandoned stray nets and other man-made phenomena are destroying the habitats of marine species and causing their numbers to decline.
Through close monitoring, regulation and preservation of this land they aim to protect the area and its rich biodiversity.
You can read more about the project, in collaboration with the Aeolian Island Preservation Fund on Blue Marine Foundation’s website.
Monk seal conservation
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is the initiator of a protection project for the Mediterranean monk seal launched in 2013.
The Monk seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the world’s most endangered species, having only around 500 left in the world. Threats to the population are two-fold, with seals suffering the negative effects of fishing as well as the overall destruction of their natural habitat.
Recent conservation projects headed up by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PAIIF) in the Aegian sea however have seen promising results. Using the practices of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), the projects aim to promote cooperation between local stakeholders and conservationists’ efforts in order to aid the recovery of the monk seal population.
These projects require funding in order to carry on. Switzerland for the Oceans is proud to support the efforts of PAIIF and their partners, including their collaboration in the CYCLADES LIFE project, in the field of monk seal conservation in the Aegian region.
This video by CYCLADES LIFE shows Monk seals enjoying life in the area – lets help them continue!