On November 29 a highly symbolic planting was organized by the Monaco City Hall and the National Forestry Office (ONF) as part of the 12th edition of the operation “one birth = one tree“. It was in the middle of the morning, in the commune of La Turbie near the “Dog’s Head”. The Mayor and several members of the Municipal Council – Jacques Pastor, Claude Bollati and Mélanie Flachaire, assembled with Frédéric Dreyer, Head of the Territorial Unit Paillon -La Roya for the NFB.
A sign has been recently installed on this site demonstrating the environmental commitment of the City Council. Specifically it is applauding the reforestation program “one birth = one tree” in which it has invested since 2008 – which means for every birth in the Principality a tree will be planted.
So on this particular morning in late November , the NFB had planted about twenty plants near this sign, out of a total of 983 plants that will be planted to symbolize the number of births registered in the Principality in 2018. In addition, cedar trees and some larches are being planted in the Haut-Var near the town of Guillaumes to assist in the regeneration of a parcel of trees in the Val Daluis state forest. Indeed, as the terrain of the municipalities neighbouring the Principality have already been reforested in an optimal way, the operation is now continuing over a wider geographical area.
The species of tree are specially chosen by the forestry experts to be in line with the climate, soil and local conditions. The plants currently being planted on the heights of Monaco – such as the strawberry trees – adapt very well to local drought and rocky soils, whereas the cedars planted in Haut-Var are altitude species that will be able to cope with drought and high temperatures.
The operation “one birth = one tree” is part of the global campaign “Plant for the Planet” sponsored by S.A.S. Prince Albert II and aiming to plant a billion trees. Initiated in 2008, it now accounts for more than 11,000 trees planted by the Monaco City Council, who regularly take action to favour the environment.