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Maud Fontenoy appointed spokesperson for the oceans

Paris, June 3d

Maud Fontenoy appointed spokesperson for the oceans
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Renowned French navigator Maud Fontenoy has been named UNESCO and World Ocean Network Spokesperson for the Oceans.

The nomination was announced just ahead of the first United Nations World Ocean Day, which will celebrated on June 8 under the theme “one ocean, one climate, one future”.

As Spokesperson for UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Ocean Network – a non-governmental organization – Ms Fontenoy will work to raise awareness of the need to protect the ocean environment against major threats such as climate change, pollution and unchecked urban development of the world’s coastal areas.

Ms Fontenoy, 31, rowed across the Atlantic in 2003 and then across the Pacific in 2005. In 2006 -2007 she sailed solo around the Southern hemisphere, against the current. An outspoken defender of the ocean, she is also vice-president of the Conservatoire national du littoral in France, and president of the Maud Fontenoy Foundation.

  • 05-06-2009
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