NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…read more
IOC and IUCN partner to release sustainable venue development guide
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has teamed up with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to create a new guide outlining how venues can avoid potential negative impacts on nature.
The guide, Sport and Biodiversity: Guidelines for mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues, explains how the planning, location and design of facilities can influence the impacts they have on the environment.
Released during the recent United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, the report states that sports organisations, public authorities and financial institutions, along with those involved in the construction and decommissioning of sports venues, have a role to play when protecting and conserving nature.
Organisations have been urged to avoid impacts on World Heritage sites and protected areas such as national parks and nature reserves. The report also suggests restoring degraded sites, using sustainable design elements and supporting local efforts to conserve biodiversity.
Commenting on the guide, IUCN Director General and incoming Executive Director of UN Environment Inger Andersen stated “a healthy environment is essential for the long-term viability of the sporting industry, as well as for the athletes and communities who invest in it.
“It is in everyone’s interest to ensure new sports facilities minimise their impacts on biodiversity and safeguard healthy outdoor areas for future generations.”
IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper added “this guide is the first of its kind to provide detailed advice on how to consider nature in all stages of the development of sports venues. It will help all those involved in venue development understand the potential impacts they can have on nature, and ensure that sporting events leave a lasting, positive legacy for local people and the environment.”
The IOC cited the example of the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, developed for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, as a facility which adhered to such criteria.
During the planning phase for the Sydney Olympic Park, a colony of the threatened green and golden bell frog was discovered on the proposed site of the Olympic venue, prompting the facility to be built elsewhere. $1 million was then spent on protecting the frog, including the construction of a new habitat.
The guide is the second in a series published as part of the partnership between the IOC and IUCN.
Click here to view Sport and Biodiversity: Guidelines for mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues.
Lower image shows the green and golden bell frog which continues to live at Sydney Olympic Park.
21st February 2019 - Sports Environment Alliance’s 2019 Summit to explore practical change
21st January 2019 - Sports Environment Alliance looks to improve facilities’ sustainability
4th January 2019 - Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena to get a roof in 2019
13th September 2018 - NSW Office of Sport releases guidance on Managing sport surfaces during drought
10th September 2018 - Environmental first for Australian Convention Centres
12th July 2018 - FIFA announce that World Cup Stadia meet green standards
18th November 2015 - Sydney Olympic Park’s most memorable moments since 2000
19th July 2015 - HOK announces partnership with Green Sports Alliance
20th November 2014 - IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas
5th December 2013 - Sydney to host IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…read more
Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…read more
TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide. Our…read more
TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…read more
Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…read more
Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!