German Ocean Foundation and Prince Albert II Foundation to be involved in boot 2017

by    DiveSSI    6th January 2017
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Prince Albert II of Monaco is Keynote Speaker at symposium

The protection of the world's oceans is an international concern. Thus,
it is a theme in successful Hollywood movies like Finding Dory (the
sequel to Finding Nemo), enabling the important message to reach
billions of people worldwide.

Being the world's most important water sports fair, boot 2017 will be
held from January 21st to 29th.  It is the platform where the German
Ocean Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco present their
commitment to the sustainable development of  international waters.

“Healthy seas and oceans are the basis for all life on our earth and
thus for water sports enthusiasts too. At boot, we aim to bring the
business and scientific communities together with society in general,
so that they can all present their proposals for sustainable
interaction with our environment,” said boot Director Petros
Michelidakis.

German Ocean Foundation and Prince Albert II Foundation work together for marine protection

For many years, Prince Albert II of Monaco has been actively involved
in ocean protection.

With his foundation, he initiates and finances
projects that promotes environmental protection and sustainable
development. It is internationally active and mobilises citizens,
politicians, scientists and conservationists to preserve the common
heritage of mankind.

The German Ocean Foundation is also responsible
for meeting the challenges set by the Global Ocean Foundation, by
successfully operating the  research and media ship Aldebaran since
1992.

"Love your ocean" room where visitors can interact and play

At boot, there will be a Love Your Ocean stand, where visitors can get
information about the ocean and water conservation.

Here, they can also
find out about opportunities in which they can participate in and
experience the research projects themselves. It is organised by the
German Ocean Foundation in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf.

“The aim
of our stand is to encourage water sports enhusiasts to be pioneers and
ambassadors for healthy oceans and waterways and, as a result, to
strengthen support for sustainable ideas in the water sports community
as well,” said Frank Schweikert, Director of the German Ocean
Foundation.

A main attaction of the stand must be the 20-metre long
replica of the sperm whale to highlight the importance of recycling.

An area of 350 square metres at the booth will be devoted to
sustainable interactive projects, alongside an informative programme on
the Water Pixel World stage.

In addition, visitors can also take part in the following activities:

- At the Research Cockpit, they can search for plastic particles in
water and test samples from different bodies of water in the laboratory.

- At the Recycle Workshop, children and teenagers can learn to make
attractive bags and pendants from old sails. Organised by sailmakers
and several environmental organisations, the workshop will give tips on
getting started with the new trend of upcycling seemingly worthless
items.

- Listening to ocean sounds can be a fascinating treat for one's
senses. The “Sounds of the Sea” display, by the Cousteau Society, will
be set up in the skull of a sperm whale. It attempts to bring the
subject of ocean noise to life. Visitors can use headphones and Xounts
loudspeakers with an oceanic design to experience the world of
underwater sound.

Ocean symposium

The above activities will culminate in the Ocean Symposium, to be held
in the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD.Süd) on January 24th.

Under the
umbrella of the German Ocean Foundation, the Prince Albert II
Foundation, as well as business, science and water sports federations,
the event will cover sustainable boat manufacturing and innovative
marine propulsion solutions that are environmentally sound.

Prince
Albert II of Monaco will be the keynote speaker of the symposium.

See here for further information

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DiveSSI
Date
6th January 2017
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