The US-based Plum philanthropic foundation, a champion of rewilding and restorative projects around the world, has donated $100,000 to the World Coral Conservatory being spearheaded by Monaco institutions.
The founder of Plum, Sally Dufour Berte, was in Monaco to hand over the generous cheque on 27th June. The funds will go towards financially supporting the World Coral Conservatory, an initiative that is the result of close collaboration between the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM), the Institut Océanographique-Fondation Prince Albert I de Monaco (IO) and the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco (FPA2).
Together, the three establishments are working to preserve living corals through an international network of aquariums and research institutes.
The official website for the Conservatory, known in French as the Conservatoire Mondial du Corail, describes the project as being “a consortium of scientists, aquarium curators and NGOs working on the ground for reef restoration [that] are committing to a proposal to build a ‘Noah’s Ark’ for reef-building corals that will serve as a reservoir for coral reef conservation, research and restoration purposes”.
Also present at the event were: Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and Managing Director of the FPA2; Cyril Gomez, Deputy Director General of the IO; Doctor Denis Allemand of the CSM, and several other members of the scientific centre, which is based on Quai Antoine 1er in the Principality.
Photo credit: CSM