Updated: Sep 17, 2022
European Heritage Days is back to the Principality to boost Sustainable Heritage.
On the 25th September 2022 the Principality of Monaco will celebrate the 27th European Heritage Day offering the public a large itinerary of guided tours to the most iconic places in Monaco. 'Sustainable Heritage' is the main theme of this edition. Traditionally coordinated by the Cultural Affairs Department, this event will unveil an unprecedented vision of the Monegasque territory opening the doors to some 'urban jewels' not always open to the public.
Moreover, The Mission pour la Transition Énergétique - MTE Team from Monaco's Government will welcome citizens and visitors at the Roseraie Princesse Grace (Fontvieille) to show some of the best practices implemented in the Principality in terms of Sustainability, with a special focus on: Recycling, Repair, Renovation, etc.. An open-air itinerary through 10 panels will depict the actions carried out by Monegasque public and private actors to reach environmentally friendly objectives.
The Mairie de Monaco (Monaco Municipality) will take an active part in the development of the daily celebration. In particular, the Monaco City Hall, the Parc Princesse Antoinette, Monaco Botanical Centre, the Rainier III Academy and the Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques - Pavillon Bosio will be open to the public as well as the Exotic Garden of Monaco that can be exceptionally visited, hosting three temporary exhibitions on the theme 'Exotic Garden, a source of inspiration' by the Monaco Media Library (Médiathèque de Monaco).
>> Monaco City Hall - from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. - Harp Concert (Wedding Hall) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m (Info: +377 93 15 28 63).
>> Parc Princesse Antoinette - from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. - Guided Tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for groups of 10 people, from the 19th until the 23rd September 2022 (Info: +377 93 15 06 05).
>> Académie Rainier III - Guided Tours at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. by registration only, from the 19th until the 23rd September 2022 (Info: +377 93 15 28 91) plus concerts 'Orchestre à vents' & 'Bibliothèque Irlandaise' (Info: +377 93 50 12 25).
>> Jardin Exotique - from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. plus exhibitions.
>> Oceanographic Museum - Unique Guided Tour at special rates: €9 per adult and €6 per 4-17 year-old child - a small group of 10 people will discover this iconic temple of oceanography within one-hour tour in which they will find out how the Oceanographic Museum places its heritage in sustainability, combining its preservation for future generations with the use of techniques to meet all environmental achievements ( from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Visits at: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.).
To know more about the European Heritage Days in Monaco please visit: Journée Patrimoine Monaco
Monaco Mission for Energy Transition launched an eco-responsible digital workshop for corporate realities.
On the 13th September 2022 at Novotel Monte Carlo, the Mission pour la Transition Energétique (MTE) organized a Responsible Digital Workshop for about fifty volunteer professionals operating in companies based in the Principality aimed at implementing more virtuous actions to increase energy efficiency at work. Déborah Thebault, representative of the interdepartmental delegation in charge of the Digital Transition, gave some practical advice in this regard through a list of best practices. Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, director of MTE, pointed out the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more quickly in order to meet the targets within the set time (- 55% emissions compared with 1990 levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2050). The digital sector that will increase exponentially by 2025 needs to be involved in this worthwhile initiative. Prolonging the life of computers in use in Monaco administrative offices as well as giving a second life to digital equipment or just switching off computer screens when not in use can greatly affect the environment in a positive way and contribute to reducing the CO2 produced annually by humans. It is therefore necessary to sensitise as many people as possible even if it is not always easy.
Mobility becomes 'softer' between Monaco and Beausoleil.
On the 12th September 2022, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco unveiled the first Monacobike station and a new mechanical connection path, co-financed by the Principality, made of further escalators to jump up to Beausoleil (France) district. He was followed by an official delegation of distinguished figures from Monaco Government, some French authorities and Gérard Spinelli, Mayor of Beausoleil. This aims at reinforcing soft mobility features in Monaco's territory and vicinity. By the end of 2022, Monabike network, part of the Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM) will build up three bike stations located in the Municipality of Beausoleil: 'Marché', 'République' and 'Victor Hugo'. The automatic connection, including ten escalators in total, encourages walkways.
All that would like to improve the quality of life by reducing the number of vehicles in use as well as strengthening the Franco-Monegasque relationship.
Their Serene Highnesses lay the foundation stone for a new animal centre.
On the 12th September 2022, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and H.S.H, Princess Charlene of Monaco took part in the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the refuge of the Société Protectrice des Animaux de Monaco (Society for the Protection of Animals of Monaco), in Peille (France), followed by the highest institutions of Monaco Government and the Prefecture of the Maritime Alps together with Cyril Piazza, Mayor of Peille. The premises now in use within the SPA of Monaco, called «l'Abri», are too cramped and obsolete. The Prince's Governmen have worked in accordance with SPA to find the best place to set the new headquarters, equipped with all modern and eco-friendly comforts for both animals and staff.
In March 2018, the Mayor of Peille and the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes suggested to the Principality a targeted area to create a new animal refuge. On the 16th December 2021, after getting all the administrative authorisations, the deed of purchase between the Municipality of Peille and the Société Immobilière Domaniale was concluded. Thus, the Directorate of Public Works of the Prince's Government is about to start the construction phase, in view of the final delivery by the end of 2023.
This symbolic ceremony was also the occasion to acknowledge H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco as the new President of Monaco SPA, leading a novel Board of Directors.
The Princess of Monaco and Her Foundation, in fact, have been engaged for a long time in the protection of wild fauna, notably rhinoceros, also through the combined actions by the South African SPA, the «Kevin Richardson Foundation» and the “Thanda Foundation.”
By Maurice Abbati