Environment Trade Fair at John Mackintosh Square (The Piazza)
Friday June 3rd 2016
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ campaign for encouraging global awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown into a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. It serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment, inspiring individual actions that collectively can generate a hugely positive impact on the planet.
This year’s topic is that of the illegal wildlife trade. The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and pushing whole species towards extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies, fuelling organised crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe. This year’s theme – Go Wild for Life – encourages people to celebrate all those species under threat and take action to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at global level.
By celebrating WED, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment and that every action counts. The Department of the Environment and Climate Change will once again be participating in UNEP’s World Environment Day celebrations by hosting an environmental Trade Fair at John Mackintosh Square on Friday the 3rd of June from 11am-5pm. The Trade Fair will be officially launched by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.
The event offers a great opportunity for businesses, environmental professionals and all those interested in environmental issues to present their environmental services and products, raise awareness, exchange ideas and develop business initiatives.
As part of the ongoing Macaque Awareness Programme, a new App on Gibraltar's Barbary Macaque has been launched by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Dr. John Cortes.
The Gib Macaque App provides ample information on one of Gibraltar's flagship species such as the history of our Barbary Macaque, their ecology and behaviour as well as how people should behave around them to better co-exist. One of the innovative features included in the app is the integration of an Augmented Reality Macaque Quiz, allowing users to learn about our macaques through play.
Members of the public of all ages are encouraged to download the app and learn more about these fascinating animals, which are not only an asset, but also an inherent part of Gibraltarian culture. The Gib Macaque App is currently available on Android from the Google Play store and will shortly be available for iOS platforms from Apple's App Store.
For more information on how to play the game, please go to our Barbary Macaque App page.
Click on the relevant icon below to download the app onto your mobile device.
Google Play Store: Please be advised that the app should work on most android devices with at least a Version 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean or KitKat).
iTunes: Please be advised that the app should work on most Apple mobiles with at least a Version 5.0 operating system. The app is free although some users are being asked to confirm their bank card details before being allowed to download the app through the Apple App Store.