International Canoe Federation highlights carbon footprint and biodiversity in new toolkit
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has increased its efforts in becoming a carbon neutral sport, with the release of its sustainability guidelines to help event hosts reduce their own carbon footprint and preserve biodiversity.
On World Water Day, which takes place every year on March 22, the ICF marked the occasion with the launch of its Events Sustainability Toolkit. Access to clean water is integral to the success of canoe sports globally, and the ICF is aiming to raise awareness of water issues.
The Sustainability Toolkit offers ICF event organisers a roadmap to help run events that will have a minimal impact on the environment.
"As a global sport, we have many challenges when it comes to lessening our impact on the environment, but we are not afraid to step up for the fight."
ICF Vice-President Dr Cecilia Farias said: “As a global sport, we have many challenges when it comes to lessening our impact on the environment, but we are not afraid to step up for the fight.
“There are so many simple steps we can take which will straight away make a difference. And the toolkit also outlines some of the steps we can take that are more challenging, but can make an even bigger difference.”
The toolkit will act as a checklist of measures organisers are encouraged to embrace such as transport, waste management, energy supplies, and food and beverage options. The toolkit also offers recommendations on how to encourage diversity and inclusion and events, and how to protect local biodiversity.
Dr Farias added: “The international canoeing community is very passionate about protecting the environment, so I am confident all event organisers will welcome this toolkit.”