National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions with Blancpain

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National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions with Blancpain

Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. These pristine places are unknown by all but long-distance fishing fleets, which have started to encroach on them. The project's mission is to let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that they deserve to be protected. This includes not only preserving areas that are pristine or near pristine, but also helping to restore areas that may have suffered some human impacts but still harbor unique features such as large animals, healthy bottom communities, and outstanding biodiversity.

Blancpain has been a leader in the support of the Pristine Seas efforts and was the first organization to contribute to it. This unwavering support, now in its fourth year, has helped the program grow to its present prominence as the world’s leading ocean conservation initiative. Today, Blancpain is very gratified to see major additional partners following in its footsteps in support. These other partners joining with Blancpain include the Waitt Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Jynwel Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Davidoff Cool Water, Lindblad Expeditions, Dynamic Planet, former President José María Figueres of Costa Rica and other individual donors.

To date, the program has already helped protect areas in the United States, Chile, Gabon, Kiribati and Costa Rica, covering more than 1,600,000 square kilometers (Switzerland: 41,285 square kilometers). These protected areas will be the best baselines to understand the true magnitude of human impacts on ocean life, to evaluate the efficacy of management and conservation actions, and to help us determine what future ocean we want for our children and grandchildren. 

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