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By TLex The National Geographic Society has recently announced a major expansion of its Pristine Seas campaign to help protect the planet's most species-rich marine areas with an aim of persuading local governments to safeguard 20 new locations that comprise of more than 2, 000, 000km2 of ocean, globally.

These areas will be off-limits to commercial fishing and mining in order to preserve their biological importance, in an approach very similar to national parks created on land. If fulfilled, it will help countries meet the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s target to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.

Blancpain have been a leading supporter of the Pristine Seas campaign, which is now in its fourth year. They were the first organization to contribute to it, and have helped it become the world’s leading ocean conservation initiative.

Joining forces with the National Geographic Society, the use a combination of exploration, scientific research, economic analysis and communications that have helped the program protect areas in Chile, Costa Rica, Kiribati, Gabon and the United States, covering more than 400,000km2.

Following in the footsteps of Blancpain are the following additional partners that are helping to expand the conservation program. These are the Waitt Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Jynwel Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, DAVIDOFF Cool Water, Lindblad Expeditions, Dynamic Planet, former President José María Figueres of Costa Rica and other individual donors.

Pristine Seas is currently working on three major new marine reserves. The first, in the United States, could result in an historic expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which would make the Monument the largest protected area on the planet. The two other areas are located in the South Pacific region near Palau and the Pitcairn Islands, an overseas UK territory.

Model shown is a Blancpain Fity Fathoms Chronographe Flyback Re. 5085F-1130-52 powered by a Blancpain F185 self-winding caliber. It has 300 meters of water-resistance.

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