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Monaco & the environment

A Country with a Conscience
MonacoThe Principality of Monaco, with its idyllic Côte d’Azur location, has a rich sporting and cultural legacy – from the F1 Grand Prix and Tennis Masters to Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic and Opera companies – and, for more than 150 years, a deep commitment to protecting the environment.

Long before ecological and environmental issues became world headlines and a cause célèbre, Monaco’s “Navigator Prince”, Albert I, sailed the globe’s oceans seeking ways to preserve them. More recently, Prince Rainier III ensured Monaco was at the forefront of environmental awareness and protection. During his 56-year reign, and alongside the Principality’s artistic and sporting evolution, Monaco became one of the most environmentally sensitive countries in Europe and one of the first nations to use reforestation to preserve its spectacular mountainous backdrop.


The Principality aspires to become a model state as far as environmental preservation and conservation are concerned. To this end, the Government, indeed, all of Monaco, are continuing to be actively involved in the issues which relate to sustainable development on a daily basis.

Today, Monaco, as a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol and active participant at Copenhagen, continues its nation-wide commitment to environmental protection: public elevators help minimize traffic; electric vehicle recharging stations are free and open to the public; most local Government transportation is electric-powered; waste water is treated and recycled; and garbage is converted into energy-producing fuel for municipal needs. Hotels have implemented eco-friendly goals and the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco’s cultural and convention center is fueled by hydropower.

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