The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative join forces for the protection of the planet

8th December 2016

There has never been a time in history when the natural environment has been under greater threat. Given humanity’s dependence on the natural world, we are in dire need of new ideas and innovations to help us as we strive to protect our planet.

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is therefore pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet’s alarming environmental situation, and the Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is active within the fields of climate change and renewable energies, biodiversity, water and the combating of desertification and supports projects that promote the preservation of the environment and sustainable development.

“The protection of biodiversity and therefore of endangered species is an issue to which I attach a great deal of importance. It is together that we will be able to save our biodiversity. This is a principle of effectiveness. But it is also a principle of humility: none of us can act alone. And here, there is above all a need for openness”, said HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

“I am optimistic that by working together with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, CCI will be able to tackle new issues in innovative ways, with a goal to help transform how society values and invests in nature”, Dr Mike Rands, Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. “We are looking forward to focusing on ensuring that nature is viewed as a vital asset in Earth’s natural capital, which makes it possible for all of us to thrive.”

CCI and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have joined forces with the belief that by working together they can have a more positive and targeted impact on the issues that they both care about and that working in partnership with others will provide a more powerful platform to protect biodiversity than trying to tackle it alone.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Portcullis House on the evening of 7 December, with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sir David Attenborough and Dr Mike Rands, Executive Director of CCI, all saying a few words during the signing ceremony.