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The Monk Seal Alliance joins forces with the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA) to strengthen conservation action in Greece


On the occasion of Our Ocean Conference taking place in Athens, the Monk SealAlliance (MSA), initiative led by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency of Greece (NECCA) co-organised on April 17th a side-event entitled “Bringing the Mediterranean monk seal back home: examples of holistic action for the conservation of an endangered species”. In the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, momentum was seized to sign a partnership agreement between His Foundation, coordinator of the MSA and NECCA with the aim to bolster conservation efforts for the Mediterranean monk seal.  

Protecting one of the most emblematic species: the Mediterranean monk seal Established in 2019, the Monk Seal Alliance comprises donors dedicated to the protection of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Reflecting on initial projects funded, the Monk Seal Alliance has underscored the importance of coordination at all levels. While donors may support various organisations and institutions, true impact requires collaboration with national authorities. This entails co-designing and launching joint initiatives, aligning strategies with national agendas, and engaging all the stakeholders.  

The collaboration between the Monk Seal Alliance and NECCA, which began in 2023 through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, aims to catalyse change and address conservation gaps. Recognising that NGOs and field-based organisations have limitations, particularly in the absence of comprehensive legislation, the focus shifts to advocacy and support for enforcement measures. How can donors support authorities to address enforcement challenges? How can we collectively enhance conservation efforts and facilitate the recovery and return of the monk seal in its original habitat?  

The collaboration seeks to bridge gaps between conservation organisations, scientific institutions, and national authorities. By fostering dialogue and cooperation, the Monk Seal Alliance and NECCA aim to overcome obstacles and advance conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region.  

This partnership represents a significant step forward in the quest to protect the Mediterranean monk seal and its habitat. Through joint initiatives and shared objectives, the Monk Seal Alliance and NECCA are committed to making meaningful contributions to the conservation of this iconic species.