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The Prince’s Foundation, which was established in 2006, operates in an imaginative way, relying on a variety of partnerships that enable it to be more effective.

In 2006, Prince Albert II led a mission to the Arctic. He was following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, who had studied the region of Spitsbergen a century earlier. While there, Prince Albert II compared what he saw with the photos taken by his ancestor, giving him a very real sense of the dramatic impact of climate change.

Following his trip, the Prince set up a foundation dedicated to protecting the environment.

The Foundation has three priorities – combating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity and conserving water resources – and focuses on three main geographic areas – the Mediterranean, the polar regions and least developed countries. It has the support of a very high-level international scientific committee and is promoted by 10 foreign branches.

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Its portfolio now includes more than 400 projects, each of which has been carried out or supported in partnership with other stakeholders: scientific laboratories, local communities, public authorities, international NGOs, companies, multilateral institutions, etc.

The Foundation’s work is built on developing a base of solid scientific knowledge, seeking out concrete solutions and raising awareness. It follows a “science to policy” approach, believing that all policies should be based on a sound scientific footing.

The Prince Albert II Foundation awards prizes every year. Winners have included Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Marina Silva, Sylvia Earle and Christiana Figueres.

The strength of your Foundation has been its ability to illustrate the extent to which climate change, biodiversity and water are interdependent, and that the only effective approach is an integrated one.

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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