Every year, around 640,000 tons of fishing equipment ends up in the oceans, polluting the seas and trapping whales, dolphins, turtles, fish and other marine animals. According to a 2018 study published by Scientific Reports, these “ghost nets” make up at least 46 per cent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean that is roughly the size of France. In March 2019, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) followed the lead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by signing up to the Clean Seas initiative. Clean Seas was launched in February 2017 by UN Environment to increase global awareness of marine litter and tackle the problem.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) through its Environmental Accreditation Programme, the 2019 FIA WRC Rally de Portugal was the most sustainable in the event’s history. Since 2016, the rally has adhered to the FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme, created to help motorsport stakeholders
In August 2019, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) staged the FEI European Championships (EC) in Rotterdam - and sustainability was a key focus for the organising committee. The FEI EC organising committee engaged early with its stakeholders, including the City of Rotterdam and the main sponsors. The competition was a pilot event for coverage of sustainability initiatives by the FEI, and the FEI’s aim now is to promote such programmes at other FEI championships and events.
On 5 June 2018, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) joined United Nations Environment Clean Seas initiative (#CleanSeas) to beat plastic waste and called on other organisation and individuals from across the Olympic Movement to come on board. One National Olympic Committee (NOC) and ten International Federations (IFs) have so far joined the initiative, helping to tackle the global issue of marine litter with concrete actions.
The World Association of Kickboxing (WAKO) developed a program to sensibilize its community to the importance to consider climate change in the context of their activities.
The Paraguayan Fencing Federation (FPE), one of the 2018-2019 fencing season’s beneficiaries of the FIE’s Donate Your Fencing Gear! program, reported a successful year of fencing training and competition due, in part, to its use of donated equipment. The FIE program is aimed at collecting used but good-quality FIE-approved fencing gear from elite fencers to help disadvantaged fencers or beginners throughout the world, such as in Paraguay.
The fencing federations of American Samoa and Samoa, beneficiaries of the 2018 International Fencing Federation (FIE) Donate Your Fencing Gear! program, have actively been developing fencing in their region. As reported by the federations, using the FIE-donated equipment, they have increased numbers of overall fencers as well as enabled experienced athletes to participate in higher-level competitions. The gear received by the Samoan federations included a variety of donations in multiple sizes, including smaller items (that are harder to come by). This has given the federations the ability to offer fencing to younger children, giving them a head-start in becoming successful athletes. The donated equipment has effectively raised the overall safety standards of fencing gear being used in practice and competition.
The Good Net project is a team effort between FIVB and environmental groups, acting as one to remove Ghost Nets from the ocean and give them new life as volleyball nets.
Focusing on the motto ‘Developing our New Federations’, the first edition of Donate Your Fencing Gear 2018 came to an end in Verona. As for the past editions, the fencers were given the option to choose the program they wanted to support with their donation, which was allocated according to their choice. In six months they will receive the first report about the progress of the project they adopted.
In April 2018, FITEQ signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Peace and Sport, an international, neutral and independent organisation based in Monaco that contributes to peace using the power of sport.
The MoU was signed in Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, where Peace and Sport run the inspiring Live Together programme. Upon the signing of the MoU, both organisations confirmed their intention to join forces to promote teqball as a tool for social development and equality.
Two Teq tables were donated to the citizens of Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is Jordan’s fourth biggest city. Residents there had the opportunity to play on the tables and receive two days of training.