Monaco. Small Country,
Located on the sparkling Côte d'Azur, the Principality of Monaco is one
of the world's premier destinations --- and foremost environmental stewards.
More than a century before green issues became a cause celebre, Monaco's "Navigator Prince",
Albert I, sailed the globe's oceans seeking ways to preserve them.
In more recent years, during his 56-year reign, Prince Rainier III
ensured his nation became one of the most environmentally sensitive
countries in Europe.
In 2006, HSH Prince Albert created the eponymous foundation
which supports international sustainable and ethical projects which
focus on three main challenges: climate change and developing renewable
energies; combating the loss of biodiversity; and water management
(improving universal access to clean water) and fighting desertification.
By 2012, the Foundation extended its international
outreach by opening chapters in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy,
Singapore, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.
Since its inception, 185+ projects have benefited from Foundation
grants - totalling more than $US23 million - specifically in the
Poles, Mediterranean Basin and in some of the world's least developed