New IUCN guide on biodiversity for sports community

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New IUCN guide on biodiversity for sports community

A new guide aims to help sports organisations better understand how their activities impact nature and identify new opportunities to enhance biodiversity conservation.

The new guide Sport and Biodiversity by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the world’s leading organisation for biodiversity conservation – was unveiled on 9 April 2019. It was created with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has been working closely with the IUCN since 2016. The new guide is a  outcome resulting from the IOC’s Sustainability Strategy, which maps out a action plan to address specific recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020.

The guide offers advice and gives examples of how the negative impacts through the construction and use of sports venues can be managed and how the positive contribution to nature conservation can be enhanced. These include preserving green spaces, enhancing natural habitats in urban environments, sharing biodiversity data collected during the development of venues, and supporting carbon offset projects that will also generate biodiversity benefits.

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