[IIOE2-EP49] Monaco Explorations Indian Ocean Expedition

Lead Investigator :

  1. Gilles BESSERO,Société des Explorations de Monaco (Monaco Explorations),MONACO

Other Key participants (s):

  1. Francis MARSAC,Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD),France
  2. Hervé CLAUSTRE,Institut de la mer de Villefranche-sur-Mer,France
  3. Nick D’ADAMO,University of Western Australia,Australia
  4. Didier ZOCCOLA,Centre Scientifique de Monaco, MONACO
  5. Margot THIBAULT,Université de la Réunion,France

Period of Project: 1 October 2022 - 30 November 2022

Brief description of the Project:

Monaco Explorations “Indian Ocean Expedition” is the first phase of the “Monaco Explorations” project endorsed as a contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.The Expedition will cover the area between Reunion Island, Mauritius, and Seychelles with a strong focus on the Saya de Malha Bank and the following objectives:

  • Improving the understanding of the ecosystem status and functioning of the area explored through a multidisciplinary scientific approach and advising stakeholders through a holistic scientific approach (sustainability science).
  • Sharing the issues and knowledge with the greatest possible number of people through an ambitious outreach programme.
  • Through diplomatic action, mobilizing governments and informing policies by making available information and analyses to support the sustainable management of maritime areas.

The Expedition is expected to benefit from extensive media coverage and should result in the production of a documentary film for international distribution and other educational and artistic contens.

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