Who are we ?

The Pelagos Initiative was launched in 2021 through a collaboration between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network (MedPAN).

The Initiative is intended to act as a lever to strengthen the protection of the Pelagos Sanctuary, in line with the management plan of the Pelagos Agreement.

The Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation was created in 2006 by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in order to work for the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development at local and global level.

Active all over the world, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has sought to bring together scientists, political leaders and economic and civil society stakeholders behind a vital objective for our future – protecting the ocean and the land.
The Foundation’s long-term action has led to some encouraging victories being won, whether in safeguarding endangered species or improving living conditions in rural communities by implementing new sustainable and ethical solutions.

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive.As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in nearly 100 countries. At every level, we collaborate with people around the world to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live.

WWF works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transform markets and policies toward sustainability; and protect and restore species and their habitats.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of our more than 1,400 Member organisations and 15,000 experts. This diversity and expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

MedPAN is a network of managers responsible for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean, the network’s aim is to promote MPA management effectiveness, and works towards healthy marine ecosystems in the region. It disseminates knowledge and facilitates experience sharing among its members it also provides MPA financial support and serves as the voice of MPA managers to support policies and engage with other stakeholders.

The above organisations are major conservation players in the Mediterranean who have been working for years to support the protection of marine mammals and the development of marine protected areas