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Every day, over one quarter of the CO2 released by human activities is absorbed by the oceans, thereby reducing the amount of this gas in the atmosphere. However, increasing emissions of carbon dioxide leads to warming the water and reducing its pH: the oceans are becoming more acidic.

The degradation of water quality is not visible to the naked oeil. This phenomenon intensifies insidiously and its effects are increasingly being felt by marine biodiversity. Over time, acidification could have disastrous effects on the entire marine ecosystem, with direct repercussions on humanity from the point of view of the economy and health.

Aware of the threats facing the future of humanity and our oceans, the Foundation represents the views of scientists and NGOs at the highest political level. Thus, 155 scientists from 26 countries joined Prince Albert II of Monaco in signing the Monaco Declaration on ocean acidification in 2008.

The Foundation then instigated the creation of the Monaco Ocean Acidification Association (Association Monégasque sur l’Acidification des Océans, AMAO), which brings together the various institutions working to combat ocean acidification. The AMAO is firmly committed to identifying the most effective solutions for adaptation, protection and recovery in order to maintain the balance between humanity and the seas and, at the same time, to preserve our oceans and our future.

For more than 12 years, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has played a leading role in what has now become one of the key global environmental concerns.