On the 3rd and 4th of April, a Monegasque delegation went to Innsbruck (Austria) for the 15th Alpine Conference. This conference is dedicated to sustainable development and the protection of the Alps mountain range. This meeting reminded us of the importance of local and regional action to respond to the climate challenge.

As a reminder, every year, the Alpine Conference brings together Alpine countries (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland) as well as other members of the European Union around the major issue of sustainable development. The Alps pose a major problem: climate impact is affecting this region twice as fast. This is doubly important in a region inhabited by 14 million people. Why? Because of its unique biodiversity, its water reserves, and diverse forests, among other factors.

Monaco and its Climate Energy Plan

The Monegasque delegation – composed of Wilfrid Déri, Chargé de Mission in the Department of External Relations and Cooperation, and Astrid Claudel-Rusin, Segment Head for the Directorate of the Environment – participated in the two-day conference. The tandem took the opportunity to share the climate strategy being deployed through the Energy-Climate Plan over the past several years.

In the end, all the participants agreed on the importance of local and regional action to effectively fight against climate change. The next conference will take place in France next year. The issue of Alpine air quality will be at the center of the debate.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.