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The World’s greatest race against the time

The best sailors and the fastest boats in the world are teaming up with Global Marine and Polar Programme to protect the oceans. “The America’s Cup is not an NGO dedicated to maintaining ocean health but can serve as a communication platform for key ocean messages. We want to give a voice to NGOs that are already doing great work on ocean conservation”, said Neill Duffy, of America’s Cup Event Authority.

As a significant number of America’s Cup races are located on or close to marine protected areas, which harbour important biodiversity, the Healthy Ocean Project aims to raise awareness and educate race goers on the issues our oceans face. “The oceans are in trouble. This is an opportunity to help the oceans and give something back”, underlined Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme.

The America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project is a unique initiative that seeks to improve ocean health globally and in particular within the communities of the race venues. ‘‘The challenges for the future of the oceans are vast, but unlike previous generations, we know what now needs to happen. The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now, today and urgent’’, warned Dr Sylvia Earle, founder, Mission Blue, and IUCN Patron of Nature.

During all the 34th America’s Cup World Series, from Italy to San Francisco, the Healthy Ocean Project will increase knowledge and encourage personal action regarding ocean health through exhibitions, panel discussions and guided visits to marine parks.

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