The First International Whale Sanctuary

Italy, France, and Monaco have joined forces to create a safe haven for whales in the northeastern Mediterranean.


| July-August 2000



Italy, France, and Monaco have joined forces to create a 32,424-square-mile whale sanctuary--twice the size of Switzerland—in the northeastern Mediterranean. As Environment magazine (Jan.-Feb. 2000) notes, the sanctuary is the first of its kind in the international waters of the Northern Hemisphere. The three countries will coordinate monitoring and pollution-control efforts in the area, fund research programs, and promote public awareness.