A new UN report looking into the impact that sport can have on nature was launched at Lord’s on Wednesday 2 November.
The Sport For Nature report was commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and was led by researchers from Loughborough University.
Wednesday’s launch event featured a keynote speech from former England cricketer Ebony Rainford-Brent, whilst MCC Chief Executive and Secretary Guy Lavender featured on a panel discussion alongside representatives from Chelsea Football Club and The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The study consulted 103 sport organisations representing 30 different sports, across 48 different countries. Consultees included clubs, national federations, international federations, national Olympic committees, and professional sport franchises.
"Sustainability has been on the agenda for some time at Lord’s, and we are excited about the momentum currently surrounding the issue"
The report sets out a baseline on the work that sports are doing to conserve nature, and identifies the next steps to be taken in order to build on the work that has already been undertaken.
Stuart Dunlop, MCC Sustainability & Accessibility Manager said: “MCC welcomes the Sport for Nature Baseline report and is delighted to contribute to the discussion on how the world of sport can play its part for nature.
“Sustainability has been on the agenda for some time at Lord’s, and we are excited about the momentum currently surrounding the issue.
“The report expands on the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework, of which MCC is a member, and provides an excellent introduction to the topic. We believe this is a valuable addition to the growing resources available for organisations looking to do more in this field.”
The full report can be found here (external link).