Cyril Gomez, Director General of the Department of Public Works, Environment and Town Planning, opened the 68th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Alpine Convention.
In his speech, he stressed: "For 20 years, Monaco has been participating alongside the Member Parties of the Alpine Convention in efforts to reconcile in a sustainable manner economic development and the preservation of the natural assets of this vast and sensitive area, the Alps", adding: "As we know, the fragility of the Alpine areas constitutes an additional factor of natural disaster risk with direct impacts on populations and local economies."
Around the Secretary-General, Alenka Smerkolj, the delegates of the 8 member countries of the Convention and the European Union will evaluate the work carried out by the various working groups mobilized around the guiding themes: transport, natural risks, alpine climate, soil protection, biodiversity, agriculture and forestry. Within the framework of the French Presidency of the Alpine Conference, particular attention is being paid to the theme of air quality.
This meeting, organized by the Department of External Relations and Cooperation, is an eco-responsible institutional event. Indeed, the 68th Standing Committee of the Alpine Convention has committed itself to an approach aimed at minimising the environmental impacts of this meeting by adhering to the Monaco Charter of Eco-responsible Events. In this spirit, it will offset the carbon footprint of its travel.