Princess Camilla of Bourbon
Protecting the Ocean is protecting the Climate
On November 1st, 2021, the “Because the Ocean” initiative launched its 3rd declaration spreading the resounding message that ocean protection is climate protection.
The Declaration – described as “a plurilateral initiative in support of a multilateral ocean outcome”– encourages all countries involved in the fight against climate change to integrate ocean-climate-biodiversity linkages in their plans and to recognize the need for more ambition on all sides to tackle climate change and protect the ocean.
The ocean is often described as the engine room of the climate system and H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, today highlighted the essential role the ocean plays in climate regulation by absorbing more than 25% of CO2 emissions and 90% of the excess heat due to global warming. She also referenced the impacts on marine life caused by warming ocean waters, changes in ocean currents, and ocean acidification, as well as the effects of sea level rise on coastal environments, and the growing number of ocean-related extreme weather events.
Polar bears and the melting of the ice
Polar bears will be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change, studies predict.
Scientists say some populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks.
The carnivores rely on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to hunt for seals.
As the ice breaks up, the animals are forced to roam for long distances or on shore, where they struggle to find food and feed their cubs.
The bear has become the “poster child of climate change”; if the ice goes, they have no place to go.
Polar bears are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with climate change a key factor in their decline.
Plastic pollution in the islands
Islands are singular territories characterized by strong isolation, space and resource management constraints and significant seasonal variations in populations. These particular geographical and socio-economic constraints give rise to problems specific to these territories: management of flows and resources (materials, water, energy, waste…), management of uses (tourism, agriculture, fishing…) and preservation of ecosystems (biodiversity, habitats and landscapes…).
The Mediterranean islands are particularly sensitive to plastic pollution, which threatens the health of their ecosystems and affects their tourist attractiveness.
Reducing plastic pollution requires improving the management of locally produced waste and raising awareness among the population and stakeholders. In an island context, waste management has to face several problems: limited space for storage and treatment, high transport and facility construction costs and peaks in waste production due to the influx of tourists in high season.
These constraints are a challenge but also an opportunity for plastic pollution reduction. The isolated and restricted nature of the territory makes it possible to imagine solutions that have an influence on the whole island, focused on a local operation and involving all local stakeholders. It also makes it easier to measure the impact of these solutions in order to verify their effectiveness.
Through its call for projects to reduce plastic pollution on the islands, Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation seeks to reinforce the efforts already underway and to promote the replication of effective actions.
The protection of biodiversity
In order to improve the management effectiveness of marine protected area in the Mediterranean and in the Indian Ocean, Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation has provided sustainable funding for marine biodiversity conservation. The Foundation’s projects pursue a responsible investment policy that responds to the challenges of a new, more sustainable economy around the Mediterranean basin and in the Indian Ocean.
This constant dedication has allowed the creation of a tool for the conservation of biodiversity and marine ecosystems that improves the livelihoods of local populations.
Faced with the urgency to define more ambitious goals for biodiversity, our aim is to strengthen our commitment to fight against the decline in biodiversity.
“Projects like ours – stated H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies – can be at the forefront of implementing global biodiversity and climate agreements, and have a key role in linking planetary health with the health of society. Today, they are ideal projects to allocate resources where they are most needed for conservation, in support of new national and global goals to manage biodiversity and support sustainable livelihoods.”
Her Royal Highness eventually added: “I also wish to bring together more than a thousand people around the discussion of the role that conservation trust funds play in guaranteeing financial sustainability in order to meet global ecosystem protection challenges”.
The Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation launches its call for micro-initiatives- 09/11/2020
Every year, more than a quarter of the plastic waste generated in the Mediterranean ends up in the sea. Plastic and the toxic compounds it contains are a scourge for marine fauna and flora and represent a major challenge for the preservation of the ecosystems on which mankind depends.
To prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean, The Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation supports, federates and accompanies actors in the field in order to reduce the use of plastic, find alternatives, improve collection systems, raise awareness, collect data and help implement new regulations.
In the current health context where single-use plastics are making a strong comeback, it is essential to strengthen efforts to limit over-consumption and reduce leakage to the environment. With this in mind, The Foundation is launching its call for micro-initiatives.
Beyond financial support, the Foundation call for micro-initiatives encourages the sharing of good practices between the actors of the network. The Monaco Ocean Week 2021 will be an opportunity for the 2019 laureates to meet in the Principality to exchange on the progress of their project.
The call for micro-initiatives in brief :
Eligible actors: The call concerns NGOs, local authorities, municipalities, private companies with less than 20 employees, scientific institutions whose legal status allows them to receive grants.
Type of targeted actions : The call concerns actions contributing to reduce the arrival of plastics in the seas. The replication or adaptation of successful experiences in other areas or countries is encouraged. Initiatives must include a maximum of concrete actions.
The Foundation’s contribution for each project: Up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.
Starting date of the project: From May 2021.
Duration of the project: 12 to 18 months maximum (end of project no later than 30 November 2022). The call is open until Sunday 3 January 2021
Monte Carlo, September 25th, 2020 – H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro and Founder of the Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation, attended the famous CC FORUM, sponsored by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, in Monte Carlo on September 24th and 25th. Her Royal Highness was invited to take part in the conferences as a speaker.
Particularly, H.R.H. was asked to share her vision during two panels, whose topics were:
- “The New Agenda: How to Build a More Environmentally Responsible Corporate Capitalism?” [Please click HERE to read Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Castro’s speech]
- “Sustainability and the World’s Royal Families: Vision and Action”. [Please click HERE to read Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Castro’s speech]
As the COVID-19 pandemic severely affects the world, causing an unprecedented crisis, the link between environment and health is becoming a growing concern. In this context, the Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation expresses its compassion for the suffering populations and pays tribute to the courage of those who, on a everyday basis, struggle and mobilize to overcome this pandemic. The impulse of solidarity that unites us today is proof of our ability to act together with a common goal. The need for a collective response to global challenges is more fundamental than ever, whether it be the coronavirus or environmental preservation.
All of us, individually and collectively, have a role to play to ensure that the paths that will be chosen as we emerge from the crisis not only do not call into question, but breathe new life into the measures taken by countries and industries to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies has invited personalities and scientists to take the floor to reflect on the link between the environment and the pandemic, on the current impact of the crisis in various regions of the world and on the perspectives for the “day after”.
This message of awareness was spread symbolically from April, 22nd, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Since then, several personalities had shared their points of view in the fields of the environment, science and the economy in order to contribute to creating this new balance between man and nature at the end of this crisis.