Trio co-operates to protect the water environment

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German Ocean Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and boot Düsseldorf announce the “Ocean Tribute”

Sustainability and protection of the water environment are particularly important to water sports enthusiasts. Their sport is at risk without a clean water environment. So it is no surprise that more and more water sports fans are getting actively involved in the protection of oceans and lakes.

The current boot Düsseldorf demonstrates this positive development very clearly. Practically all associations, institutions and corporate exhibitors are committed to a clean water environment. Some – the associations – by carrying out excellent public relations activities, in which they draw attention to shortcomings and propose potential solutions for sustainable environmental interaction; others – the scientific community and institutions – by researching and developing innovative, cutting-edge technologies; and a third group – the producers – by taking systematic advantage of these innovations and sustainable manufacturing options, i.e. ones that save energy and reduce emissions.

In the context of the boot Düsseldorf blue motion night on 23. January, Messe Düsseldorf Managing Director Werner Matthias Dornscheidt explains: “Protection of the water environment is a central issue for boot Düsseldorf. We want our visitors to have fun in their sports activities and therefore call on everyone for whom water is his or her favourite element to protect this valuable asset”. Messe Düsseldorf, the German Ocean Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation are using the high-profile VIP event at boot as a forum for the announcement of the new “Ocean Tribute”. This award will be presented for the first time at boot 2018 in the categories society, science and industry to honour innovative ideas and products that protect the water environment. Applications can be submitted by existing energy-saving projects, such as electric motors for sailing ships, which can recharge themselves via hydrogeneration, while progress with visions for the future – such as emission-free (zero emission) energy generation in recreational shipping – is to be encouraged by the “Ocean Tribute” too. Protection of the water environment involves such issues as reduction of noise in water, the avoidance of plastic debris or maintenance of biodiversity.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Frank Schweikert from the German Ocean Foundation have expressed their delight about the co-operation with boot Düsseldorf, that is giving particularly high priority to protection of the ocean and water environment. The “love your ocean” stand is presenting the joint activities of the three partners very impressively at the trade fair.

Since 2010, blue motion night has been the social VIP event at boot Düsseldorf. From this year onwards, protection of the ocean and water environment will be one of the main topics it features. A large number of VIPs from business, politics, culture, fashion and show business will therefore be attending.

An excerpt from the guest list:

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr Karl Hans Arnold, CEO of Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft and Vice President of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Professor Dr Dr Klaus Töpfer, former German Minister of the Environment, Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Chairwoman of the FDP group in the city parliament, Professor Christoph Meyer, General Director, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Ute-Henriette and Mario Ohoven, Norbert Wesseler, Chief of the Düsseldorf Police, Roger Klüh entrepreneur and motor sportsman, Frank Otto, media entrepreneur, Babette Albrecht, Dr Paul Otto Faßbender, CEO of Arag SE, Hille and Angela Erwin, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, motor sportsman, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, striker for Schalke 04, Thomas Rath, fashion designer, Désirée Nick, entertainer and actress.

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 II 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. 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.

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