"Return to the Amazon" Exhibit opens in Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco June 15, 2009 Retour en Amazonie ( Return to the Amazon), a collection of 30 large-scale, limited edition images taken by Ocean Futures Society’s expedition photographer Carrie Vonderhaar, was inaugurated Monday June 15, in the presence of Jean-Michel Cousteau and the HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in the Galerie des Pêcheurs. This exhibit, commissioned by the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, will be open to the public throughout the summer to bring awareness to the importance of the Amazon rainforest, where human impact is affecting the environmental balance and the planet’s health.

From his various expeditions around the world, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society team have seen the beauty and have appreciated the value of the rain forest to people in tropical nations. They have seen first-hand the vital connection between the health of the rain forest and the quality of peoples’ lives.

These experiences have shown them that increased awareness and education are the necessary first steps in achieving sustainable management of rain forests and their associated activities.

Ocean Futures Society’s response to the need for awareness and education was to implement environmental education projects. Jean-Michel Cousteau announced in early 2009 that a new Ambassadors of the Environment program was launched in Brazil in the mangrove and coastal Atlantic forests of Guarujá. Complete with dwellings and walkways elevated above the mangrove floor, this camp is currently open to both public and private school groups.

Now Ocean Futures Society of Brasil and Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco have partnered to implement the Sustainable Amazon Rainforest project. This awareness-building initiative will consist of culturally appropriate, multi-media, educational resources to be distributed free of charge to middle school science educators and students in the Brazilian Amazon region.

The Return to the Amazon exhibit will be showing until mid-September 2009. An estimated three million visitors will view the exhibit this summer. Galerie des Pêcheurs is located near the entrance of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

For information on the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco please visit http://www.fpa2.mc and for Ocean Futures Society, please visit http://www.oceanfutures.org

To watch a podcast from the opening night of the show, please visit http://www.podcastjournal.net/Retour-en-Amazonie-avec-Jean-Michel-Couste...

For travel information to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, please visit http://www.oceano.mc/anglais/sommaireinfos_anglais.htm