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A Hive of Activity: 9th APIdays in Monaco

APIdays 2018, organized by beekeepers from the National Union of French Beekeeping (UNAF) took place at over 120 sites all over mainland France, overseas and in Monaco on Friday 15 June.  This year’s theme was: The link between bees and food via pollination.

The event gave school children and the general public an opportunity to learn about the essential role bees have in preserving plant biodiversity, and more broadly, our environment.

For the occasion, CM2 pupils from the St Charles and Fontvieille Schools were invited to attend the harvesting and extraction of honey with beekeepers from the Direction of Urban Planning. They also participated in awareness workshops on the fundamental role bees have in pollination.

The partnership between Monaco and the ‘Bee, sentinel of the environment’ program aims to inform the public about the serious consequences of the disappearance of bees. Since the Principality signed the program in 2011, several hives have been installed on the roof terrace of the Museum of Stamps and Coins in Fontvieille.

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