Our Planet Reviewed - Expedition Papua New-guinea


Major sponsors

Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco

Founded in 2007 by Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Albert II of Monaco Foundation encourages fair, sustainable management of natural resources, placing humans at the heart of its projects. The foundation provides support for the implementation of innovative, ethical solutions in three main areas: climate change, biodiversity and water.

The Foundation aims to be an accelerator of projects and solutions for the environment. To position itself as a major player in environmental protection internationally, it seeks to develop scientific, corporate and civic networks that are ready to work together toward a common objective.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation bolsters the initiatives of public, private and corporate organisations in the area of studies and research, technological innovation and citizen practices. It is committed to raising awareness of populations and governments by developing high-impact communication campaigns. To boost and bolster innovation, the Foundation maintains an international science and technology watch.

The Foundation lends an open ear to players and projects with regard to environmental issues and solutions. It offers a platform for discussion between environmental players, mobilises financial support and endeavours to implement socially responsible investment tools.

Fondation Total


Founded in 1992 in the wake of the Rio Summit, the missions of Total’s corporate foundation have been dedicated for the past fifteen years to protecting the environment and particularly marine biodiversity. The Foundation focuses on three main areas: research, restoration of threatened ecosystems and awareness campaigns. All of these actions are carried out thanks to partnerships with research institutes, NGOs and institutional players that are recognised in their field of expertise.

The Foundation supports more than 160 programmes in 40 countries covering a wide variety of coastal and marine ecosystems. Since 2008, the Foundation has broadened its scope of patronage to include two other areas: Culture-Heritage (Louvre, Arab World Institute, Quai Branly Museum) and Health-Society-Education (preventative health, road security, education in priority areas)

In addition to the National Museum of National History, the Total Foundation also has partnerships with France’s Port-Cros National Park, the French Coastal Conservancy, the Ifremer, the Tour du Valat research centre, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and others. They all share recognized skills in assessments, research and conservation in the area of biodiversity.

More than 15 years ago, the Museum and the Total Foundation established a partnership in the fields of geoscience (as part of the Year of Planet Earth) and mineralogy (acquisition of minerals and launch of a virtual gallery), two disciplines close to Total’s core business, as well as in the environmental sciences. Before the naturalist expeditions to Madagascar and Mozambique, the Foundation sponsored the marine expedition to Lifou (New Caledonia), Rapa (French Polynesia), Panglao (Philippines) and Santo (Vanuatu). It also funds research programmes on the taxonomy and genetics of marine species.


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Fondation Stavros Niarchos


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive social impact. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.

From 1996 until today, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved grant commitments of €991 million/US$1.29 billion, through 2,324 grants to nonprofit organizations in 109 nations around the world. 

The Foundation, concerned at the continuing socio-economic crisis in Greece, announced in January 2012 a grant initiative of €100 million (US$130 million) over the next three years to help ease the adverse effects of the deepening crisis. Since the beginning of the year, and as part of the initiative, the SNF has committed grants totaling €36.6 million (US$47 million) in support of numerous not-for-profit organizations around the country. 

Maintaining biodiversity has become an essential part of addressing the issue of climate change. Having already supported two scientific expeditions, Santo 2006 and Mozambique/Madagascar 2009-2010, the Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation approved during the Board’s Fall 2011 meeting a new grant for the upcoming expedition Papua New Guinea 2012-2013 which is organized also as part of the scientific expedition project Our Planet Reviewed.