In 2010, on the occasion of the International Year of Forests, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco recognized the preservation of the forests as a national cause and a means to fight against climate change. Thus was born the initiative “Monaco commits against deforestation”, the initiative of the Principality of Monaco for the preservation of the forests. The peculiarity of the Monegasque territory (2.5 km²) means that Monaco does not host forests, but gardens and parks with heritage trees. However, in Monaco as elsewhere, the businesses use wood or derived products such as paper or furniture. It is possible for them to join the fight against deforestation by their consumption patterns, by ensuring that the products they buy from forests are certified FSC or PEFC, the two certifications that attest of a responsible approach for the forests management.
This idea of working on the consumption of wood and its by-products is at the origin of the Monaco Charter on Wood, launched in the Principality of Monaco in 2011 by the Board composed of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Monaco’s Governement, the NGO MC2D and IMEDD.
The Board of the Monaco Charter on Wood has been supporting for many years the Principality of Monaco’s approach in the field of environmental preservation. In this context, IMEDD has been mandated within the framework of the Monaco Yacht Show by the Princely’s Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Monaco NGO MC2D to explore the environmental initiatives of the superyacht sector, particularly on the woods used for the construction of the boats.
This mission is also carried out following the adhesion to the Monaco Charter on Wood in 2018, of an Italian company working in the wood sector (parquet floors and decks) which is part of the Monaco Yacht Show each year. Its participation reveals the interest of the superyacht sector for the use of certified woods on boats and it makes sense to encourage this sector to engage more in the fight against deforestation, promoting the use of woods from forests that are managed according to the sustainable development criteria, leading to an offer of FSC or PEFC certified products.
During its participation at the Monaco Yacht Show, IMEDD will also investigate on the environmental best practices of the superyacht sector, to explore how this sector is committed to environment and sustainable development: research, clean ports, energy, transport, waste, water management, preservation of marine biodiversity, anchoring and responsibility during stopovers …
The businesses that take part in the Monaco Yacht Show, concerned by the theme of woods on boats, can contact IMEDD.
Here are the following sectors: “shipyards, designers, captains / crews, owners / owners, suppliers of equipment / raw materials , service providers, federations, regulators, media, educators”. (List provided by the Princely Government).
- The Monaco Charter on Wood: http://www.imedd-group.com/en/the-charter-on-wood-monaco-commits-against-deforestation/
- Contact IMEDD: firstname.lastname@example.org
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