Environment

Women driving the change in South Africa

In June this year, 80 women in 40 red cars raced to Monte Carlo for the annual fundraising tour Cash & Rocket. Last week, six of those participants, the charity’s founder Julie Brangstrup, and their children travelled to Johannesburg in South Africa. They embarked on a long drive to the province of Limpopo bordering Botswana and Zimbabwe to visit Sumbandila, one of the three charities that receives life-changing support from Cash & Rocket. This is Julie’s story. The focus of this year’s visit was to award five new, full scholarships to five amazingly bright children who have gone through extensive testing and achieved incredible results to gain their award. Each year, 400 children are tested and those who are successful receive ful...

European Waste Reduction Week (SERD) 16 to 24 November 2019

This year, the Principality of Monaco, along with many other states, is joining Waste Reduction Week (SERD), which will take place from 16 to 24 November 2019, on the theme of "Education and communication to waste reduction ". This event aims to promote the implementation of awareness actions on the sustainable management of resources and waste during the same week in the acceding countries, European and non-European. In this context, the Directorate of the Environment has signed a Charter committing the Principality of Monaco to implement, during this week, awareness actions to reduce waste. Private actors, civil society and the public sector are invited to set up and animate their own participation actions in this event. Thes...

Jean Castellini meets the merchants of Larvotto

Jean Castellini, Government Counselor - Minister of Finance and Economy, accompanied by Rémy Rolland, Administrator of the Domaines and Olivier Damour of the Public Works Department, visited Larvotto today to meet the traders who have released spaces, restaurants or businesses, to make room for redevelopment work. "The purpose of my visit is to show the interest of the Government in merchants Larvotto and the project of complete redevelopment of the area. I can only welcome the state of mind of everyone during the exchanges, especially with the Administration of Domains to consider this closure and set the compensation based on turnover, "he said. He also mentioned the need to embellish the place: "Today, opens a new era wi...

Conference: Marie-Pierre Gramaglia at the E.S.C.

Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counselor Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism, presented the main lines of the mobility policy of the Princely Government to the members of the Economic and Social Council (ESC), in the presence Caroline Rougaignon-Vernin, President of the ESC...

Sludge flow from Testimonio shipyard on the Saint-Roman beach

A flow of sludge occurred late last week on the beach of Saint-Roman called the Iron Bridge, on the border of the eastern border of the Principality. During a pile-driving operation on the Testimonio site, an unidentified fault in the ground accelerated a flow of sludge that spilled into the valley to the beach. Although drilling operations were immediately halted on Friday, the muddy waters continued to run until Monday. The cleaning operations were thus able to begin to reduce this nuisance of non-bacteriological turbidity. At the initiative of the State services, the site managers are in contact with the competent departments of the Roquebrune Cap Martin Town Hall, to ensure information in real time. A surveillance camera will also b...

Monaco rewards eco-friendly app in Brazil

The Monaco Tourism Office has awarded its Green is the New Glam Award to a start-up in Brazil that is promoting sustainable ways of travelling by water. It means that the winner can now pitch their project to thousands of entrepreneurs and investors. Monaco, in its quest to promote sustainable development projects both in and outside the Principality, took the show on the road and participated in this year’s Gramado Summit in Brazil from 31st July to 2nd August. The summit, touted as the biggest brainstorming session in Latin America, attracted more than 4,000 people, including 100 companies, 120 speakers, and dozens of investors. It is intended to allow upstart companies the chance to meet with business leaders and investors. Monaco’s i...

Greta Thunberg sails to New York with Pierre Casiraghi

The Swedish teenager known for calling out the leaders of the world for their complete lack of action on climate change has just teamed up with Monaco’s favourite blueblood, Pierre Casiraghi. Together with her father and Nathan Grossman, they have set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in a solar-powered sailboat, heading to the UN World Summit in September. Setting a precedent for those who arrive to a climate summit by airplane, Greta Thunberg started a two-week journey to New York. Instead of taking a plane to the Big Apple, she is sailing across the with her father, Nathan Grossman and Pierre Casiraghi, as she will attend a UN World Climate Action Summit Greta Thunberg has quickly become the face of the fight against climate change. She e...

Special report on the ocean and cryosphere to be released in Monaco

The world will be watching closely in September as a major report on climate change is released in Monaco. The IPCC report will provide valuable information on how climate change is affecting ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems, and will be used in the development of global climate policy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) on 20th to 23rd September during its 51st Session to be held in the Principality of Monaco. The report is due to be launched on 25th September. It was prepared by IPCC Working Group I, which assesses the physical science basis of climate change, and Working Group II, which deals with impacts, adaptatio...

Europe’s forests are booming. Here’s why

Around the world, forests are shrinking due to deforestation, urban development and climate change, but in Europe that trend has been reversed. Large areas of the continent have seen a forest boom that means today more than two-fifths of Europe is tree-covered. Between 1990 and 2015, the area covered by forests and woodlands increased by 90,000 square kilometres – an area roughly the size of Portugal. Forests cover almost a third of France, due in part to increased protection and a decline in farming. Over the last century, trees flourished as residents left the countryside for life in the city, and intensive agriculture meant less land was needed for farming. Although the re-wilding process has slowed, the area of land covered by trees ...

Keeping Monaco ports clean

Since 2011, Monaco’s ports have been certified ‘Clean Ports’ and have made several improvements to the marinas to assist sailors in going green. For example, special sorting bins have been installed that collect glass, packaging, and other waste to make recycling a breeze. The latest scheme, introduced last year by the Department of Urban Amenities in conjunction with the association, Clean Gestures, is called “I Sail, I Sort” and the end game is clear. Environmentally-friendly, biodegradable bin bags and totes are provided so that boaters are encouraged to do onboard recycling and proper waste disposal. The bags are readily available at the captaincy office in Fontvieille and the Monaco Port Exploitation Company’s reception office in Por...

Monaco bar lets you trade butts for beer

The American-themed restaurant in Monaco is one of only a small number of bars across the globe to join the campaign. It recently started distributing glass jars to willing patrons, who will receive a 25cl beer or soda if the jar is returned filled to the brim with cigarette butts. “Not a day goes by that we don’t see someone throw a cigarette butt on the floor or in the sea,” said Louise Svensson, head of the restaurant’s environmental and commercial division. “When we saw this campaign on social networks, we agreed that we should do it also.” The Tibu-Ron Group, which operates several beach bars in Barcelona, has received media attention world-wide for also taking part in the campaign, while Zanzibar on Baga Beach, Goa, started offering...

Donald Trump tweets fake pic of gold tower in Greenland amid plans to buy island

S President Donald Trump has tweeted a Photoshopped picture of a huge Trump tower in Greenland. Trump posted the tweet after it emerged he spoke to senior US officials about the possibility of buying the island from Denmark. Trump's tongue-in-cheek tweet was captioned 'I promise not the do this to Greenland!', seemingly referring to the outrage expressed by politicians over his plot to purchase the Arctic nation. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the idea of selling the territory to the US as 'absurd'. She told the Danish broadcaster DR: "It's an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen (Greenland's premier) has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends." The Wall Str...