Reforestation programme by the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature

On Saturday 20th January, the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature organized a reforestation programme in the communities of La Turbie and Cap d’Ail. Around forty children took part in the operation covering 4 hectares of forest on the “Tête de Chien” massif, part of which was destroyed by fire in summer 2004. Half of the group of children was pupils from the Monegasque school François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré, whilst the others came from schools in La Turbie and Cap d’Ail. The species that have been planted are mainly the Aleppo Pine but also the Umbrella Pine, the Montpellier Maple, the Holm Oak and fruit trees such as fig, almond and olive trees. Since it was first established in 1976, the AMPN has intensified its activities to help preserve the environment, particularly through reforestation programmes in the neighboring communities of the Principality of Monaco. La Turbie, Cap d’Ail, Peille and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin have thus been able to benefit from the various action undertaken by the association and have seen their landscape gradually being restored with vegetation previously lost. The reforestation programme that took place on 20th January falls within the framework of earlier action undertaken but is also quite special as it was conducted alongside the Convention for co-operation between the Monaco Government, the Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the French National Forest Office, to set up the first forest “carbon sink” in Europe in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming. 

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