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Imitation waterholes installed at Fontvieille port

Imitation waterholes installed at Fontvieille port

By Cassandra Tanti - February 27, 2019

True to its commitment of protecting marine biodiversity, the Monaco Government is having specially designed modules installed into the Port of Fontvielle. The concrete structures imitate natural waterholes and are designed to create small aquatic reserves to promote marine life along the Mediterranean coastline.

Installation of Econcrete in Fontvieille
Installation of Econcrete in Fontvieille will take about one week ©Direction de la Communication/Michael Alesi

Throughout this week five modules, which have been developed by the company ECOncrete,  will be installed in the outer harbor of Fontvieille. Over the course of three years they will be scientifically monitored by the Environmental Department to evaluate their effectiveness. If tests proves conclusive, other modules could be installed at different locations on the Monegasque coast.

“In recent years the Government, with the Directorate of the Environment, has launched several ecological restoration projects,” said Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counselor – Minister of Equipment, Environment and Sustainable Development. “These are part of a global approach to enhance nature in the city. Today, this process continues with the installation of modules that promote the development of plant and animal micro-organisms.”

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