German Ocean Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation are involved in boot 2017

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Objective is preservation and protection of the ocean habitat

Emily Penn is ambassador for the boot “love your ocean” campaign

Prince Albert II is the keynote speaker at the Ocean Symposium

Protection of the unique habitat provided by the world’s oceans is a goal that has global support nowadays. Promotion of ocean preservation even plays a significant role in successful Hollywood cinema productions nowadays, such as the Nemo sequel “Finding Dory”, so that billions of people are being reached. boot Düsseldorf as the most important water sports trade fair in the world is therefore, for example, providing the German Ocean Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation with a platform to 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”, explains boot Director Petros Michelidakis.

German Ocean Foundation, Prince Albert II Foundation and boot Düsseldorf join forces to protect the world’s oceans

Prince Albert II of Monaco has been actively involved in such issues as ocean protection for many years now; with his foundation, he initiates and funds major projects throughout the world. His foundation’s mission is to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. The foundation operates internationally and mobilises the general public, politicians, scientists and economists committed to nature conservation to preserve mankind’s joint heritage. For many years now, the mission of the German Ocean Foundation has also been to tackle the challenges set by the Global Ocean Foundation; with this in mind, the German foundation has been operating the well-known research and media ship Aldebaran successfully in oceans and waterways all over the world since as long ago as 1992.

love your ocean stand: personal involvement with interactive games

The “love your ocean” stand organised at boot Düsseldorf from 21. to 29. January 2017 by the German Ocean Foundation in co-operation with Messe Düsseldorf will be providing information about ocean and water conservation and opportunities to experience the research projects interactively. Frank Schweikert, Director of the German Ocean Foundation: “The aim of our stand is to encourage water sports enthusiasts 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.” The 20-metre-long replica of a sperm whale is a particularly eye-catching central feature of the interactive stand in Hall 4 at boot that will be focussing on the subject of recycling.

The 350 square metres of the “love your ocean” stand will be devoted to sustainable interactive projects, alongside an informative programme on the “Water Pixel World” stage. The British ocean activist Emily Penn, who is an international advocate of the world’s oceans, working with research sailors to combat the problem of ocean debris, will – for example – be presenting interesting ways to increase the protection of oceans and waterways as the boot Düsseldorf ambassador.

The interesting interactive programme on the “love your ocean” stand will consist of varied activities that will attract boot fans, whether they are adults or children:

In the “Research Cockpit”, leading research institutions and environmental associations will be demonstrating with the help of specially developed analytical instruments what impact the ongoing contamination of our oceans by plastic is having. At three research stations, Emily Penn and other experienced scientists will be carrying out experiments with visitors who would like to join in. They themselves will be able to search for plastic particles in water here and check samples from different bodies of water in the laboratory. The first campaign boat – the “Sea Hamster” – with which plastic can be removed from the surface of the water will also be on the stand. The new app “Water Rescuer” enables users to draw direct attention to water contamination.

“Upcycling” is the new trend in the recycling field. At the “Recycle Workshop”, children and teenagers will be learning from experienced sailmakers how little ships or marine organisms can be made from pieces of old sails. The new collection of swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles has the potential to attract a cult following.

Electric motors are an essential feature in water sports nowadays and are capable of extremely impressive achievements. Electromobility can be tested directly on the stand in two large water containers.

Listening to ocean sounds is a fascinating experience for our senses. The “Sounds of the Sea” display set up by the Cousteau Society in the skull of the sperm whale on the stand will be bringing the subject of ocean noise to life in a very varied way. Headphones and Xounts loudspeakers with an ocean design will enable the visitors to experience the world of underwater sound with talking fish and coral. The recordings were made during an expedition to Central America by the research ship Aldebaran.

Sustainable and renewable raw materials like flax and cork will be playing an increasingly important role in the boatbuilding sector as well in future. The “Green Building” project will be demonstrating convincingly the many different possible application areas for these raw materials in the water sports industry.

boot Director Petros Michelidakis says by way of summary: “On the ‘love your ocean’ stand, every single visitor to the trade fair is certain to become aware of the options for sustainable interaction with our earth and the waters on it. I am already looking forward very much to the interesting experiments and exciting results.”

The large touchscreen on the “love your ocean” stand provides data about all the world’s oceans and anyone who would like to try being an ocean researcher him-/herself for once can apply to go on an expedition with the SeaDragon and Emily Penn in the context of the national ocean competition organised by the German Ocean Foundation.

The activities to encourage greater sustainability in oceans and waterways will be culminating in the Ocean Symposium, that is being held in the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD.Süd) on 24. January. This joint event organised by the German Ocean Foundation, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the industry, the scientific community and water sports associations will be highlighting sustainable boat manufacturing and innovative, environmentally sound marine propulsion solutions. Prince Albert II of Monaco will be coming to Düsseldorf personally to be the keynote speaker at the Symposium on 24. January.

The following participants share responsibility for the joint “love your ocean” stand: Alfred Wegener Institute (Bremerhaven, GER); Aqua Lung GmbH (Singen, GER); Aqueis e.V. in co-operation with (Kiel, GER); Bundesverband Meeresmüll e.V. (Hamburg, GER); Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (Cologne, GER); Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH (Jena, GER); Clownsails Segelmacherei (Hamburg, GER); German Ocean Foundation (Hamburg, GER); Deutscher Kanu-Verband e.V. (Duisburg, GER); Deutscher Segler-Verband e.V. (Hamburg, GER); Emily Penn – Pangaea Exploration (UK); EUCC - Die Küsten Union Deutschland e.V. (Rostock, GER); research & media ship ALDEBARAN (Hamburg, GER); GreenBoats (Bremen, GER); Greenpeace e.V. (Hamburg, GER); Bremen University (Bremen, GER); Magdeburg University (Magdeburg, GER); Mercator Ocean (Ramonville Saint-Agne, FRA); Moving Adventures Medien GmbH - Ocean Film Tour (Munich, GER); Musée Océanographique in association with the Prince Albert 2 of Monaco Foundation (Monaco, MC); NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (Berlin, GER); One Earth - One Ocean e.V. (Munich, GER); Sea Shepherd Deutschland e. V. (Bremen, GER); Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Wedemark, GER); Surfrider Foundation Norddeutschland (Hamburg, GER); The Cousteau Society (Paris, FRA); Torqeedo GmbH (Munich, GER); Bayreuth University (Bayreuth, GER); Lüneburg University (Lüneburg, GER); Oldenburg University (Oldenburg, GER); Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher e.V. (Offenbach, GER); XOUNTS Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg, GER); Yaqu Pacha e.V. (Nuremberg, GER).

About the German Ocean Foundation: the German Ocean Foundation is an interdisciplinary platform for ocean stakeholders from all sectors that encourages information exchange and co-operation to promote the protection and sustainable development of the world’s oceans. The foundation’s mission is to identify ocean stakeholders and their projects and to spread knowledge about ocean use and protection, in order to increase ocean awareness. One of the specific aims of the foundation is to incorporate ocean issues in all areas of education, with the particular objective of reaching young people.

About the Prince Albert Foundation: Prince Albert II of Monaco established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in June 2006, in order to draw attention to the alarming dangers to our environment. The foundation’s mission is to promote environmental protection and sustainable development. The foundation operates internationally and mobilises the general public, politicians, scientists and economists committed to nature conservation to preserve mankind’s joint heritage. In order to expand and support its operations, the foundation maintains liaison offices in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore and the USA.

The foundation carries out projects in its primary areas of operation, increases public and government awareness of the impact of human action on nature, encourages environmentally sound behaviour and awards prizes and scholarships with the aim of promoting exceptional projects and innovative new solutions. The geographical emphases of the foundation are the Mediterranean region (due to the location of the Principality of Monaco), the Polar regions (as indicators of climate changes) and developing countries (as defined by the United Nations), which are affected particularly severely by the impact of climate change, by the loss of biodiversity and by shortage of water. The foundation concentrates on three primary areas of operation: limitation of the impact of climate change and the promotion of renewable energy sources; preservation of flora and fauna biodiversity; protection of water resources and countermeasures to reduce/avoid desertification.

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