API Days: Monaco’s UNESCO Gardens to host educational bee-friendly event

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This coming weekend, the Principality will be honouring the vitally important role bees play in the world with two days of special events and workshops in the UNESCO Gardens in Fontvieille. 

On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, the UNESCO Gardens on the Terrasses de Fontvieille will be abuzz with activity as the Monaco Urban Planning Department hosts its annual API Days event.  

Bees are the world’s the primary pollinating insects and their health is essential for ours. Yet their very survival as a species is being threatened and populations are in decline across the globe due to environmental degradation, chemical pesticides and disease. 

Raising awareness on these issues is the main focus of Monaco’s API Days event, which began in 2011 and takes its inspiration from a conservation programme initiated by the National Union of French Apiculture (UNAF). 

Visitors to this weekend’s API Days will be able to learn about the local efforts being made in Monaco to better support and protect native species of bees. These include the purpose-built hives that have been erected in locations throughout the Principality, including on the roof of the Museum of Stamps and Coins in Fontvieille, with a whole section of the event programme being dedicated to hive building and maintenance this year.  

There will also be a range of family-friendly activities to enjoy, from games to candle-making courses and honey extraction workshops, as well as exhibitions and stalls.  

Entry is entirely free and all are welcome. API Days will be held between 9am and 4pm on both days.  

For more information, click here.  

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