A Princely Environmental Mess!
Monaco is building a luxury district in the sea. Corals, sea grasses and giant clams have been moved
- most of them have died now - but the Princely State is intentionally holding back information
about the environmental disastrous consequences.
Monaco Media interviewed important Monegasques and they all confirmed that all corals died and most of the clams and the sea grass. If we reveal their identity they will be persecuted like all truth tellers in Monaco. Monaco is a dangerous dictatorship, and Prince Albert who is best friends with Vladimir Putin treats his citizens accordingly.
And marine biologist Philippe Bornens is afraid to talk the truth otherwise he will be fired and persecuted by Prince Albert. He tries to present the concrete coast of Monaco as environmentally friendly (which is a big lie). The principality is currently filling up six hectares of land, hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete form the foundation for a new luxury district. Bornens is in charge to save animals and plants from the concrete. "It's not an easy task," he admits.
Monaco has a space problem: it is the smallest country on earth after the Vatican. Nevertheless, more people want to come to the country to park their money there tax-free. That is why several villas have made room for thirty-story high-rise buildings in recent years.
However, the head of Monaco, Prince Albert, maintains a green image externally, he presents himself as
a marine protector. Among other events, Albert organizes international conferences on maritime topics, like the one in 2018 on "Coral reefs and their protection". According to his website, Albert's foundation is committed to declaring marine regions to be protected areas - but they are far away, in the Arctic or in Cambodia. In his own country, the ecological conscience was outweighed by real estate prices of around 50,000 euros per square meter. "In the beginning, the prince wanted a project with no consequences for the environment," says Bornens. “Then I explained to him: Then he would have to cancel it.”
The construction was of course not canceled, instead, Bornens should ensure that all marine animals and plants are moved from the construction site to pristine locations in the Mediterranean. That is why tons of stones have already been scraped off the seafloor and 500 square meters of corals and sea grass have been moved. The construction into the sea is said to cost two billion euros. A year and a half ago the first concrete 27 meters high pylon was launched into the sea weighing ten tons. It was cast for nine days in a purpose-built factory in Marseille, 200 kilometers away. In the meantime, 18 more pylons have been sunk in the water.
Red algae, precious corals, seaweed and clams:
"We found several protected species," says Bornens, pointing to where only a mirror-smooth (!) concrete surface can be seen today. He and his colleagues ensured apparently that eight boulders with red algae,
500 square meters of corals and seagrass and 147 stick shells - the second largest shellfish in the world -
were moved to another location. (as we know most of it died) A machine that would otherwise move large trees was made seaworthy for this. The 19 concrete pylons also have apparently an extra rough surface so that marine animals and plants could settle there. In addition, video cameras from the surrounding high-rise buildings and under water, monitor the construction site. These cameras are especially installed for surveillance purposes so that nobody can film the disastrous environmental destruction that Prince Albert does in his own country. Also, floating barriers are designed to prevent turbulence from forming and clouding the water. "It is the biggest project of my life," says Bornens. He doesn't look happy at all, because he knows what the prince is hiding.
So far there have been no protests against the billion dollar project in the Princely State, because people who criticize the prince will be arbitrarily arrested, defamed and all their jobs will be taken from them! There is no independent environmental organization, activists did not chain themselves to the construction site, and no one demonstrated. Our request to the Monegasque Association for the Protection of the Environment (AMPN) is immediately forwarded to the Prince's Palace - the patron is the prince. Albert's picture hangs in every bar and underwear store and he is rarely criticized because people know when they speak the truth their lives will be destroyed by the covert dictator himself! Monaco is a corrupt oligarchy,
a dangerous dictatorship, Monaco is NO state of law!
Even international environmental organizations are declining: Neither Greenpeace nor the Fondation Nature et Environment (FNE), which is otherwise active in every French town, can comment on this ocean construction. Controversial Greenpeace is secretly supported by Prince Albert for years, this was confirmed to Monaco Media in a private conversation with Olivier Wenden, vice president of the Prince Albert Foundation.
The horrendous ecological consequences are all kept secret:
Only the environmental group Aspona from neighboring Roquebrune-Cap-Martin publicly criticized the project, Roquebrune is 200 meters east of Monaco. The leaders of the NGO observe the construction site in the sea from a place built high on a rock. Frédérique Lorenzi is a lawyer who worked for the Commission in Brussels and is "horrified and sad" about the special case of Monaco. "We asked Monaco and the builders to provide us with information about the ecological consequences of the project, in vain." When the eco-activists on Facebook showed photos with fully loaded freighters from Monaco on their way to Italy and suspected the builder Bouygues in Monaco of disposing of their building scrap in the neighboring country, Bouygues threatened to sue them for character assassination, they had to take the photos down then.
In fact, the ecological consequences of the new district are kept secret!
No one in Monaco is allowed to see an environmental impact assessment, which is compulsory and public in both France and Germany. "Nobody knows the effects. It's dramatic," says Lorenzi. But Monaco Media got the insider information, and again, it was confirmed by important Monegasques that most species died during transportation!
Lorenzi is also concerned about the sea grass, especially the Neptune grass. "It can filter water, houses many small animals and stores CO2. But it grows very slowly, only one to three centimeters a year. The seaweed that we can see here on the coast is prehistoric," says the lawyer. It will only be seen in a few years whether the (left over) relocations will be successful. "You are part of a marketing campaign with a difficult prince." Marine biologist Bornens also admits: "We will only know in a few years whether the (left over) plants have survived.”
More boats and helicopters:
There is already tremendous, air, water, and land pollution in Monaco all year long through the numerous huge yachts, the numerous high speed cars, the constant helicopter flights and the ongoing 24/7 construction sites. 24/7 noise pollution in Monaco is also common. Environmental activists who publicized this ongoing problem were highly persecuted by the corrupt prince himself.
The environmentalists from the neighboring town also worry about nature when the construction site is completed. Monaco also co-financed a marina in the Italian border town of Ventimiglia because its own two ports were overcrowded. The new land will also house a helipad. "So there will be even more luxury boats and more planes floating above our heads," says Frédérique Lorenzi. "Where there is a lot of money, there is a lot of damage." Monaco is a frightening "lawless state”.
Philippe Bornens, the marine protector in the service of the prince, (again, if he really opened his mouth and said the truth about the disastrous environmental destruction in Monaco by the new land construction he would be fired immediately and persecuted severely!), he does not want to leave it like that. There are also (Mafia) rules in Monaco. Just different than in the rest of Europe. In any case, it is not the first ocean structure: Monaco has wrested 40 hectares of land from the sea since the 1960s - for apartments, marinas, parking lots. Now another six are added. "Not many countries can enlarge their country without wars", the then Prime Minister Michel Roger of Monaco campaigned for the project in 2015.
The project will definitely be worthwhile for the French owner Bouygues. It sells the condominiums with
a private pool and a small garden in the new district, some of which are said to have been sold for a few hundred million euros, an unmatched price per square meter worldwide. That is still worthwhile for buyers: Those who live in Monaco for more than six months a year, no longer have to pay income taxes in their country of origin. And most of these rich people only pretend all year long that they live in Monaco, they even pay supers and friends to switch on their lights every day to have a normal electricity bill at the end of the month, just to pretend that they are really living there.
How expensive the project for global climate change will be remains unknown. Although an agricultural economist is writing her doctoral thesis on this, she also did not want to talk about her research results.
The Princely Palace is responsible for this, but even after asking twice, corrupt Prince Albert and his corrupt government didn't want to give any figures. We know why!
Die Zeit Online: Prince Albert's ongoing greed destroys his own environment (German):
Michael Moore: 'Planet of the Humans', directed by Jeff Gibbs, produced by Ozzie Zehner:
The rich 1% enriches itself even more by pretending to be environmentalists, but instead
they are cashing in, while destroying our planet even more!