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Inauguration of the Camponaraya Spanish Olympic Forest, sponsored by Banco Santander

November 15 2023

The president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandor Blanco, the mayor of Camponaraya, Eduardo Morán, and the territorial director of Banco Santander in Castilla y León, Javier Martín Calvo, inaugurated this Wednesday, November 15, the Spanish Olympic Forest of Camponaraya, one of the five forests that have the name of Spanish Olympic Forest, sponsored by Banco Santander.

Inauguration of the Camponaraya Spanish Olympic Forest, sponsored by Banco Santander

This project, aimed at leaving a legacy of sustainability on our planet, marks an important step in the fight against climate change and the promotion of biodiversity. The Forest will absorb approximately 185.5 tons of CO2 over the next 30 years, which will be used in part to offset the carbon footprint generated by the Spanish delegation at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Camponaraya is a municipality committed to the 2030 Agenda and each action carried out by the City Council follows a sustainable criterion. In the case of this Spanish Olympic Forest, it has been located in an unproductive and degraded area that will be transformed into a chestnut plantation and will be used for sports activities, thus combining various values ​​that the council seeks to promote.

The president of the COE assured that “it is an honor to inaugurate the Camponaraya Spanish Olympic Forest as a reference for Camponaraya’s serious commitment to environmental and social sustainability.”

The mayor of Camponaraya has mentioned that “Camponaraya was already known internationally, from a sporting point of view, thanks to our champion Lydia Valentín, but now it will also participate in this Olympic map with a forest that we hope will result in making our municipality a more sustainable, healthy and inclusive”.

The representative of Banco Santander remarked: “With this initiative, we reinforce our commitment to sport, to our communities and to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; at the same time that we take another step in the need to raise awareness in society about climate change and offset the carbon footprint.”

The Spanish Olympic Forest initiative is an action of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) together with Banco Santander, Global Partner of the COE Sustainability Strategy. The initiative has its origins in the action and commitment acquired by Banco Santander and COE during the Tokyo Olympics to carry out a carbon footprint compensation action based on the medals and diplomas obtained by the Spanish Delegation at the Olympic Games. from Tokyo

This first call is part of the collaboration agreement between COE and the FEMP to promote sustainability in local entities in Spain and which seeks the involvement of the City Councils, as these are the ideal vehicle for this initiative of the Spanish Olympic Forest to reach to the entire Spanish territory and to society in general.

The Spanish Olympic Forest’s priority objective is to raise awareness in society about climate change and the need to offset the carbon footprint generated by the activities of society, in general, and, in particular, the world of sport. The EULEN group has participated in the project, advising the COE on its technical definition.

The other 4 locations of the SPANISH OLYMPIC FOREST are located in the following Town Councils:

– Pamplona City Council (Navarra)

– Onda City Council (Castellón)

– Rivas-Vaciamadrid City Council (Madrid)

– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council (Gran Canaria)

The Spanish Olympic Forest of Pamplona will be part of the “Olympic Forest Network” of the International Olympic Committee and the MapMyTree project of the European Union. 

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