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An international multidisciplinary symposium on the role of the oceans in CO2 mitigation has been held as part of Monaco Ocean Week, with the support of the Prince Albert II Foundation and Solas (Safety of Life at Sea).
Dr Nathalie Hilmi, a specialist in Environmental Economics at the Monaco Scientific Centre (CSM) co-organised the event with Dr Christa Marandino of the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Oceanic Research in Kiel, and Erik Van Doorn of Kiel’s Christian-Albrechts University.
The objective was to carry out an analysis of “Blue Carbon” at the boundaries of the natural and social sciences with an interface with policy makers and stakeholders. The added value has been to associate different disciplines in order to carry out research on this societally relevant subject, largely unexplored to date. The results will be summarised for policy makers and an article to be submitted to a special issue of Frontiers in Marine Science, entitled “The role of the ocean in mitigating CO2.”
Blue Carbon is defined as any carbon stored in the marine domain by processes whose absence would eventually lead to an equivalent amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, taking into account equilibrium absorption or emission associated with other climatic agents. This is why the role of the ocean is crucial in CO2 mitigation: ocean systems (including coastal areas) naturally absorb carbon, but many of these natural processes are disrupted by human activities (coastal development, global warming …) with implications for future storage capacity.
The economic assessment will take into account ecosystem services in coastal, continental shelf and open ocean areas to link them to financial instruments and mechanisms to motivate positive actions and interventions according to regional differences. Governance and legal issues ensure that nation-states benefit from economic mechanisms.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church has started making online videos of their weekly sermons in English, so parishioners don’t have to miss out during the lockdown.
The National Council says it wants to keep the Condamine and Monte-Carlo markets open, despite the closure of all food markets this week across France.
The government has added psychologists to the team at Monaco’s Covid-19 call centre as a growing number of people seek advice on how to cope with isolation and fear.
The National Council is calling on the Prince’s government to create a makeshift hospital in preparation for a surge in coronavirus cases in the Principality.
As you may have heard Monaco, we have a new organic store in town! Yuppie! The shop on rue St Charles was taken over by new owners last year, who decided to expand with a new store in the shopping arcade behind L´Estoril. Now if you didn’t know of the existence of this shopping arcade, pas de problème. I’ve been living in the area for the past 8 years and I’d never set foot in the shopping arcade until recently when I went and checked out TO BE – the organic (bio) store. Set right behind Avenue 31, the closest car park is Larvotto or take the 5 or 6 bus and get off at Larvotto. Go through the arcade to the back of the building and turn left and you will find TO BE at the bottom right hand side. What’s new inside A great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, most of which is local. The owner was proud to say that they get a lot of their produce from “La Brigue” which is around 40 km inland from Monaco. The advantage of eating local is that the food will not have to travel far between the earth and your plate, meaning that it will retain most of its nutrients and have a low carbon footprint. Eating local also means eating seasonal foods, a great way to support your health. I never really paid much attention to this fact until I studied Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest whole-body healing systems. According to Ayurveda, “Nature provides the ideal harvest for each season to keep us strong, healthy, energised and focused”. I used to eat the same type of food all year around like salads, berries and leafy greens and wonder why the heck I would always get so cold in winter. With Ayurveda, the type of food you eat is recommended in summer for its cooling effects and vice versa. So last year I decided to give into eating seasonal produce over winter instead and guess what? I never got cold! You’ll notice that as the weather gets colder, we naturally crave winter vegetable soups, nuts, grains and high fat foods such as meat and fish. Our bodies need this type of fuel in winter and it’s wise to give into what it craves and to buy what’s in season. “La nature est bien faite” as we say in French! [caption id="attachment_21952" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Facebook ToBe Monaco[/caption] Beyond the fruit and veg Beyond the seasonal fruits and vegetables, TO BE also has a great selection of seeds, nuts and whole grains. I believe it’s the only place in Monaco, much to my delight, where I’ve managed to find hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are vegan and a natural source of protein that can be added to smoothies and salads for example. As they are unprocessed, digestion is much easier than most protein powders, like whey, for example. In other aisles Finally, you’ll find a good selection of teas, Manuka honeys and other winter warming stuff at TO BE, as well as a small selection of organic meat, chicken and fish. The shop, open Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm, is family-owned so depending on when you go, expect to either be served by mom, dad, their gorgeous daughter or one of the employees. I’ve been told that some of Monaco's top athletes have already picked up a few groceries here so if it’s good enough for them, I think it's good enough for the rest of us, too. Article first published September 19, 2017.Maddy is the Founder of Nutrition For Naughty People, aimed at helping individuals find a better balance between the things that keep them healthy and the things that make them happy! Any questions? firstname.lastname@example.org. (Feature image: @viktoriakhatib)