The police presence around Montreal’s convention centre Palais des Congrès is increasing as the December 7 start date of COP15 approaches.
Thousands of delegates from around the world are expected to descend on the city for the UN conference on biodiversity.
But their arrival requires a major security presence, resulting in closed roads near the convention centre.
Traffic is expected to be very heavy.
”This is a more diplomatic event which yes, will have some very positive impacts for downtown Montreal, economically, especially for our hotels, but will cause certain disruptions where others may not necessarily see it,” Glenn Castanheira, the general manager of Montréal centre-ville, told Global News.
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Many employers with offices near the Palais des Congrès are already telling their employees to work from home during the 12-day event.