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Over 355 contributions to the map of the positive impacts of the COVID-19 planetary pause

Université Côte d'Azur, with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the City of Nice, is announcing more than 355 contributions to the Open Map project. The purpose of this map is to gather a living collective memory of the positive phenomena that have occurred around the world since the start of the human pause imposed by the Covid-19.

Publication : 29/07/2020
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Open Map has already collected more than 355 pins from Internet users around the world who relay phenomena seen on social networks, in the press or directly witnessed. The contributions include natural phenomena, innovations, art and culture, solidarity initiatives, research or even more unusual events. This map offers a collaborative testimony to the world of the unparalleled period we are experiencing. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has joined the initiative supported by the City of Nice.

"This initiative which highlights unprecedented interactions between animals, nature and man, small or large innovations, and community, sports or artistic initiatives, also reflects the vitality of our university and of the many resources of our region, points out Jeanick Brisswalter, President of Université Côte d'Azur. Université Côte d'Azur is one of the 10 universities that received the “Idex” label of excellence in France. Its ambition is to play a major role in the region and to develop research and education to address the major challenges facing humankind today and in the future. We would like to thank the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for its support. We form a natural partnership. Our project ties in with the Foundation's "A Green Shift?" program which reflects on the relationship between man and nature in the post-pandemic world."

"The interactive map developed by Université Côte d'Azur—a long-standing partner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation—is a collaborative project that traces the incredible vitality that arose out of the lockdown," explains Olivier Wenden, Vice-President of the Foundation. We have rediscovered how frail we are, but also how incredibly resilient nature is when human activities are put on hold. The Open Map of the Global Pause is a living testimony to this unique moment. It is further proof of the link between health and the environment, but also a positive reflection of our ability to act together, individually and collectively, for the common good. We will need to keep this in mind as we build the “world after”, in order to ensure that the planet is respected and man ceases to oppose nature."

The city of Nice is joining the initiative launched by Université Côte d'Azur to record the benefits of the planetary pause imposed by the pandemic. Within the whole Côte d'Azur region, a wonderful chain of solidarity has emerged during the lockdown. The map provides a global testimony of the planetary pause and highlights the positive things that came out of the crisis. Its contribution is essential to serve as inspiration for us all today and for future generations. In this collective trauma, each individual story is important and will help us build a better future.

The map will continue to be used after the lockdown in educational awareness-raising workshops both for an international public and for local young people in Nice. "The story of this planetary pause will be used as an educational tool to explore the impact of human activity. We will also continue to collect more information about this period with young audiences while educating them in fact checking," explains Samira Karrach, project manager at Université Côte d'Azur, who adds,"We are working on a partnership with schools specialized in archiving to take the project one step further."