"The Principality's responsibility to look after forests is a symbol of our global responsibility"
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, 7 February 2011
Deforestation is a major, increasing problem in many regions of the world. The best way to combat this scourge is to move towards a responsible forest management system.
For timber-consuming countries, this means adopting an eco-friendly attitude towards the purchase, use and management of timber resources and the products made from them.
In 2010, the Prince's Government joined with the Prince Albert II Foundation's Monaco Sustainable Development (Monaco Développement Durable - MCD2) association and the Mediterranean Institute for Studies and Sustainable Development (IMEDD) to launch the "Monaco Against Deforestation" campaign. This programme encouraged businesses and public authorities in the Principality to use wood from sustainably managed forests and in particular to adhere to the Charter on the use and ethical management of wood in the Principality. While this initiative has been an undeniable success, it now needs to be updated.
Recent developments, along with the creation of new programmes and tools, have led the Government to take new approaches. We know that deforestation has global implications. It is therefore vital to examine how wood is managed in every sector and at all levels of society.
The Government is committed to encouraging everyone to use and manage wood in an ethical manner in their professional and personal activities. Businesses alone can no longer ensure this task, which must also fall to end consumers.
The Government will continue to work with building professionals and architects to issue recommendations that promote the use of certified wood or wood from sustainably managed forests. This applies to any project submitted to the Technical Commission for Health, Safety and Environmental Protection or the Advisory Committee.
Such efforts show that the issue of deforestation and its corollary, the eco-friendly management of wood, is addressed in the new tools and programmes led by the Government.
A guide on the sustainable use of timber is available: Guide bois 2023 (254.18 kB)
Several resources are available:
For more information:
- The latest news of the Responsible Trading and Responsible Restaurant Certifications
- A guide to banning single-use plastic bags: A bag for life
- Guide to responsible, safe bathing in the Principality
- The Tree Code
- The Environment in the Principality of Monaco – Data Compendium
- Monaco Environment booklet