Monaco’s Department of Urban Planning has just installed a new macro and micro waste retention net in a storm runoff spillway in the Port of Fontvieille in an effort to prevent solid pollutants from making their way into the sea.
Retention nets are an innovative and effective way to prevent certain discarded items from reaching the sea. Now, Monaco has employed the use of one in the Port of Fontvieille in order to trap solid waste coming from the urban sewage system, which can occur notably during major rainfalls and storm events.
The net is a mutli-wall snare equipped with mesh capable of filtering even smaller waste items.
“It is mainly plastic, aluminium, cigarette butts and polystyrene fragments,” explains Laurent Tallarida, Territorial Technician in charge of the Sanitation Section of the Department of Urban Planning (DAU). “In the end, the result of this sorting will not be very impressive in weight since it is primarily small waste. But these are all elements that will not end up in the natural environment.”
The retention net was set up in collaboration with the Pollustock, a French company specialising in innovative solutions to reduce pollution in the aquatic environment and Trasomar Monaco, a Monegasque company specialising in maritime and submarine works as well as the construction of maritime geotextile works.
This waste trapping technique is a first for the Principality and the Fontvieille site is a test run for other planned sites.
The Sanitation Department will carry out regular maintenance and cleaning of the nets.
Photo source: Direction de l’Aménagement Urbain/DAU
Still no snow forecast this weekend at the region’s resorts, but there will be plenty of sunshine and no shortage of events on offer, including a festival at Les Deux Alpes.
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[caption id="attachment_21412" align="alignnone" width="900"] Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Frédéric Mion, Director of the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Photo: Manuel Vitali /Communication Directorate[/caption]
Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Frédéric Mion, Director of Paris Institute of Political Studies, have signed a new partnership agreement aimed at raising students' awareness of development issues. The signature took place on the same day as students of the Menton Science Po Paris Campus resumed their studies, on Friday, September 8.
Over the past three years, over 900 young people have benefited from specific lessons, participated in project-building competitions and met with recognised experts in humanitarian and development, thanks to the cooperation of the International Cooperation Department and the Menton Mediterranean Middle East Campus.
In view of the partnership’s undoubted success, the Government of Monaco decided to continue its commitment and to sign a new agreement, with a grant of €200,000.
This contribution will make it possible to organise, during the next three academic years, new initiatives to raise awareness of development, training in project management and to award a scholarship to two deserving students.
The Prince’s Government and Science Po are delighted with this new partnership aimed at developing the civic responsibility of the students who are certain to be tomorrow's future decision-makers in their country of origin.