Elafonisos Eco Attends Monaco Ocean Week 2023

by | Mar 30, 2023

Our Association Elafonisos Eco, recently participated in the Monaco Blue Initiative. The event, held as part of the Monaco Ocean Week, brought together major players in ocean conservation and governance to discuss key challenges facing the future of our ocean.

Monaco Ocean Week

Elafonisos Eco was invited to attend the event by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and was represented by the association’s president, Enrico Toja, and the mayor of Elafonisos Island, Efi Liarou. During the event, Mayor Liarou participated in a session focused on raising ambition and scaling solutions for a protected, resilient, and sustainable Mediterranean Sea, where she highlighted the importance of education in protecting the archaeological site of Pavlopetri.

For Elafonisos Eco, this was a crucial opportunity to put our island on the international stage and draw attention to the importance of sustainable practices and environmental protection. The Monaco Blue Initiative is a unique platform for debate, and the recommendations and results of the event are brought to high-level international discussions and negotiations on ocean protection and governance.

Elafonisos Eco looks forward to continuing its work promoting sustainable practices and environmental protection on Elafonisos Island and beyond, and thanks HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco for the opportunity to participate in the Monaco Blue Initiative.

“Our participation in the Monaco Blue Initiative was a unique opportunity to share our vision and experience of sustainable tourism and to learn from the best international experts in the field,” said Enrico Toja, president of Elafonisos Eco. “We were honored to be invited and look forward to collaborating with our new partners towards a more sustainable future for our island and our ocean.”

Our association has been working for several years to promote sustainable tourism practices and to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Elafonisos Island. 

Mayor Efi Liarou emphasized the importance of education in promoting sustainable practices and preserving cultural heritage. “By raising awareness and educating visitors and locals about the importance of protecting our environment and cultural heritage, we can ensure that Elafonisos remains a unique and vibrant destination for generations to come,” she said.

Blue initiative Monaco Ocean Week Panelists - Elafonisos Eco

During the event, the president of Costa Rica gave an inspiring speech in which he highlighted the great quote “vision without Action is hallucination.”¬†Elafonisos Eco’s participation in the Monaco Blue Initiative is an important step towards putting the island on the international stage and drawing attention to its efforts to promote sustainable practices and environmental protection. The association looks forward to continuing its work and collaborating with partners towards a more sustainable future for Elafonisos and our ocean.

Elafonisos Eco in Monaco