In 2006, following in the environmentally-friendly footsteps of his forefathers, H.S.H. Prince Albert II created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection of the global environment.
Its focus is on three major challenges: climate change and developing renewable energies; the loss of biodiversity; and water management (improving universal access to clean water and fighting desertification).
By 2010, the Foundation extended its international outreach by opening chapters in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and the USA. In doing so, it has brought together people and companies who have the shared objectives of protecting the environment, supporting the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources, and placing the individual – mankind’s future – at the center of its international ventures.
Since its inception, the Foundation has facilitated the implementation of projects across the globe, but more specifically in the Polar Regions, the Mediterranean Basin and some of the world’s least developed countries in Africa, South America and south-east Asia.
To date, 125+ projects have been selected as recipients of grants totaling more than $US23 million.
Some of those projects include supporting local communities in their efforts to combat deforestation and loss of biodiversity in Peru, Brazil, Congo and Siberut, Indonesia; the One Billion Trees Campaign co-sponsored with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Green Belt Movement founder, Prof. Wangari Maathaï; and developing renewable energies and biofuels, such as Jatropha Curcas for local energy use in Kenya and Mali.
In addition, with its particular focus on the Arctic, the foundation also supports the ASPEN Institute (Commission on Arctic), the United Nation’s Foundation, Conservation International, UNESCO’s Arctic World Heritage Symposium and Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum’s Polar Exhibition. In 2008, the Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the world-renowned Field Museum in Chicago.
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – USA
565 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 286-1572