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The 50th meeting of the RAMOGE Commission will be held on Wednesday, November 22, under the chairmanship of the French delegation, represented by HE Marine de Carné de Trécesson, Ambassador of France to Monaco.
The purpose of the meeting is to make a progress report on the ambitious work programme decided in December 2016 for the years 2017-2018.
The RAMOGE Agreement aims to carry out scientific and operational activities to help protect habitats and species that are emblematic of the RAMOGE area, preserve areas of ecological interest and reduce the threat posed by marine litter, to fight against pollution and to create networks for monitoring the marine environment within the zone.
RAMOGE relies on cooperation between Monaco, Italy and France to find the synergies necessary for the effectiveness of its actions, with an area that extends from La Spezia to Marseille.
Three major activities were organised this year. In April 2017, as part of the Monaco Ocean Week, a symposium on the wise management of anchorages brought together the managers of the anchorage zones by offering them the most respected techniques and management methods.
In September, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in association with the Pelagos Agreement, a symposium was held bringing together the municipalities of the PACA region and Liguria to involve them in the problem of marine litter, and to encourage them to integrate in their waste management the notion that all waste left in nature is found sooner or later at sea.
In October, an anti-pollution exercise was held off Hyères in which Italian and Monegasque ships came to lend a hand to the French ships to cope with a fictitious hazardous spill, making it possible to strengthen the coordination between the various human resources and materials.
The RAMOGE Agreement, signed in 1976 and amended in 2003, is the instrument that France, Italy and Monaco have adopted for the coastal zones of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Principality of Monaco and the Ligurian Region. It constitutes a pilot project for integrated coastal management, prevention and the fight against marine pollution.
As lockdown continues, the fire brigade of Monaco is taking additional steps to ensure the rules of confinement are respected, notably by integrating a drone as part of its public safety repertoire.
The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Two Monaco-based companies are doing their bit to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Council opened its spring session on Monday evening with an agenda wholly focussed on the coronavirus crisis.
The Route of Goût is the annual organic foodie event celebrating popular gastronomy, biology, ecology, health, youth and sports for a charitable purpose over four days in October. The free festival along Quai Albert Ier is organised by the Association Bio Chef Global Spirit under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert and chaired by Paolo Sari, the only starred chef who is certified organic in the world. [caption id="attachment_23300" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Photo: Facebook Route du Goût[/caption] “Monaco – the symbol of wellbeing, respect for the environment, renewable energy, and biological diversity – is the perfect place to be 100 percent organic,” Mr Sari told Monaco Life. “It’s a corner between Italy and France, and the French-Italian agriculture and gastronomy share long histories. Also, we have a microclimate that allows lemon and cabbage, and avocado and mango to grow in the same soil.” From Thursday, October 12, until Sunday, October 15, in additional to the organic farmers market, there will be many educational activities on the topic of renewable energy and protecting the planet, as well as cooking demonstrations. Parents and children are invited to become involved. Children can also take part in a tennis competition at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, and on Friday at the Monte Carlo Beach the Gala Dinner will be prepared by children with a little help from local chefs. Saturday will have a marine flavour – dedicated to "craftsmen of the sea" – with a procession of 8 Riva boats accompanied by 8 starred chefs. The afternoon culinary competition is open to the public, but in the evening, the 8 chefs will prepare a memorable dinner consisting of 8 works of art, one dish by each chef. The first dinner ever made by 16 hands. [caption id="attachment_23301" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Photo: Facebook Route du Goût[/caption] Money raised during the various events, from the sale of gadgets to private donations, will be donated to the reconstruction and revitalisation of the food, hospitality and educational establishments in the Italian regions hit hardest by the earthquake in 2016. Part of the proceeds from the sale of Paolo Sari's first book – The Bio Chef – will be for the purchase of professional equipment for the start-up of the organic hotel school in Ambavanankarana, Madagascar, and for the construction of a second building in 2018. For a complete list of the program read here. Reservations can be made on +377 98 06 36 36 or by email: email@example.com