Approximately 70% of the surface of the Earth is water – yet the Oceans and seas are one of the least understood, explored, mapped and analysed parts of our environment.
What we do know is that our Oceans have been heavily exploited, degraded and suffered irrevocable change, despite the fact that we are all dependent on this ecosystem for our survival and well-being. This set of challenges facing our Oceans is daunting.
However, we have an opportunity now more than ever before to better understand changes underway within our ocean systems, to protect pristine marine environments, to restore degraded marine habitats and to raise awareness around the world to the plight of the Oceans. The Flotilla Foundation is committed to enhancing mankind’s relationship with our marine environment, to create a long-term sustainable future for the planet.
The Flotilla Foundation has recently supported a pioneering, inter-disciplinary scientific expedition to the Antarctic and depths of the frozen Weddell Sea. The expedition brought together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration, in a mission to solve unanswered questions about one of the least studied wilderness areas on our planet. The expedition aims to investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, and will use the results and findings of the research for educational purposes. The Foundation is supporting the expedition through the provision of funds to facilitate the highest level of expertise and the use of the very best technology available.