Do you have an idea for how sport can contribute to protecting biodiversity? If so, the Sports for Nature Challenge, organised by ThinkSport, the Sustainable Sport Lab and the Sustainable Mountain Alliance, with the support of Sails of Change, could help bring it to life.
Until 14th March 2023, individuals, start-ups, not-for-profits, established companies or sports organisations can submit proposals around three categories:
- Impactful campaigns that promote biodiversity protection, increase knowledge and help enforce legal and statutory biodiversity requirements.
- Innovative infrastructure, including architecture and infrastructure that integrate biodiversity protection.
- Smart technology, including using digital solutions, artificial intelligence or satellite data for biodiversity conservation or protection.
An expert panel will judge the entries and the ten best applicants will be invited to present their solution at THE SPOT (8-9 May 2023). Category winners will receive promotion and financial support to enable them to develop their proposals.
ThinkSport President Andrea Traverso said: “Sport and nature are closely interconnected. Sport must lead by example and inspire action to reduce environmental impacts, being those linked to the practise of sport, the construction of sport infrastructure or the travel emissions from sport events. We hope that this year’s Challenge will provide smart solutions to protect nature, preserve and restore biodiversity, raise awareness and be the catalyst for further initiatives.”
“Sails of Change was founded to raise environmental awareness and to promote positive change,” added Sails of Change founder, Dona Bertarelli.”We’re delighted to support the Sports for Nature Challenge, which can play a vital role in spotlighting ideas, actions and solutions to help individuals and organisations become nature positive.”
For more information on the Challenge, click here.