The Monk Seal Alliance (MSA) was created in 2019 by its founding Member organizations: the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the MAVA Foundation for Nature, the Segré Foundation, the Sancta Devota Foundation, and the Thalassa Foundation. The MSA intends to bring together foundations and other donor organizations to leverage the scope and impact of field activities carried out to deliver on Mediterranean monk seal conservation and enable concerted, long-term and region-wide implementation of actions.
The aim of the MSA is to support effective conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal by:
- Promoting information exchange, networking and collaboration among experts
- Contributing to implementing existing regional strategies and national action plans through co-funding collaborative projects
- Leveraging funds by mobilizing other philanthropist organizations
- Helping coordinating efforts on monk seal conservation
- Disseminating information and raising awareness on the issue through the MSA partners’ networks
The Monk Seal Alliance has identified its near-time funding strategy for support towards monk seal conservation (2020-2024). The strategy is aligned with the Regional Strategies and Action Plans for the protection of the Mediterranean Monk Seal under the Barcelona Convention and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, as well as existing National Action Plans for the conservation of the species. It will also contribute to the objectives of the wider frameworks of the European Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 networks, the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan and the Convention of Biological Diversity.
As part of this strategy, the MSA launches two calls for collaborative project proposals: