Founding partners

The Polar Initiative will take a leading role in some of the challenges related to the understanding and protection of polar ecosystems, with the objective to generate greater influence and impact benefitting the protection of the polar regions. The Initiative was launched in 2022 through a collaboration between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Oceanographic Institute - Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F) is active within all major   global environmental fields and with a certain focus on specific geographical   areas such as the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries, in order to promote the preservation of biodiversity, the mitigation of climate change and the implementation of sustainable development. The objectives of the Foundation are to raise awareness amongst both populations and governments of the impact of human activities on the natural environment, to encourage more environmentally sustainable behaviour and to promote outstanding initiatives and innovative solutions.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a thematic organisation of the International Science Council (ISC), and was created in 1958. SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region (including the Southern Ocean), and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. SCAR provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations such as the UNFCCC and IPCC on issues of   science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern   Ocean and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. IASC is committed to a mission of encouraging and facilitating cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge interdisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system. Rather than defining human and environmental boundaries, IASC tries to bridge those boundaries. IASC is also committed to recognizing that  Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, and “Western” scientific knowledge are coequal and complementary knowledge systems, all of which can and should inform the work of IASC

The Oceanographic Institute - Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation is a foundation recognised as being of public utility, created in 1906 by Prince Albert I of Monaco. Under the impetus of its Honorary President, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, it contributes to the Principality's commitment to the ocean, alongside the Prince's Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monaco Scientific Centre and the Monaco Yacht Club. The Institute is involved in numerous projects on the national and international scenes (symposia, exhibitions, educational programmes, etc.) and is pursuing an important mission of environmental mediation. To this end, it relies on its two establishments - the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Maison des océans in Paris - as well as on its digital tools and its actions outside the walls to disseminate the science of oceanography to the greatest number of people, combining it with art, the living world and collective and individual commitment.