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World Sail­ing’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mis­sion has taken the step to cre­at­ing a ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity Agenda 2030’ fol­low­ing its first meet­ing in Lon­don in Au­gust. Chaired by Mike Gold­ing OBE, the group was ap­pointed to the com­mis­sion in June 2017. The Au­gust meet­ing brought the group to­gether for the first time to dis­cuss is­sues re­lat­ing to sus­tain­abil­ity within sail­ing

Dis­cus­sions and pre­sen­ta­tions were re­ceived on the cir­cu­lar econ­omy, ocean plas­tics, boat and equip­ment con­struc­tion, event logistics, em­bod­ied car­bon, ves­sel strikes of marine fauna, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, gen­der equal­ity and sup­ply chains.

The com­mis­sion, made up of mem­bers with sci­en­tific, sport­ing and sail­ing back­grounds, dis­cussed where World Sail­ing, the world gov­ern­ing body of the sport, can make change and in­flu­ence the in­dus­try. Rules changes and phased im­ple­men­ta­tion were high­lighted as two fea­si­ble ar­eas of in­flu­ence.

The re­sult of the dis­cus­sion was to cre­ate a ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity Agenda 2030’ whereby a vi­sion for key ob­jec­tives for the sport to be achieved by 2030 were dis­cussed pri­ori­tised and doc­u­mented. The Agenda will be pre­sented to the World Sail­ing Coun­cil for adop­tion at the World Sail­ing An­nual Con­fer­ence in Puerto Val­larta, Mex­ico in Novem­ber 2017.

Eight ob­jec­tives to drive the strat­egy have been set. They in­clude: • Pro­tect and en­hance sail­ing’s waters and the wider water en­vi­ron­ment • Pro­mote re­search into the im­pact of sail­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment • En­cour­age a ro­bust ap­proach to sus­tain­abil­ity across the sport

and its sup­port­ing af­fil­i­ated in­dus­tries Min­imise World Sail­ing’s car­bon foot­print and pro­mote re­source ef­fi­ciency across the Sport Cre­ate a sound eco­nomic base for World Sail­ing and the Sport Pro­vide and pro­mote safe and col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing en­vi­ron­ments De­velop di­verse and in­clu­sive op­er­a­tions, pro­mot­ing sail­ing in an open and ac­ces­si­ble way to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion Com­mu­ni­cate the ben­e­fits and im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity and fa­cil­i­tate stake­holder en­gage­ment in the delivery of this strat­egy. World Sail­ing is made up of 142 Mem­ber Na­tional Au­thor­i­ties, the na­tional gov­ern­ing bodies for sail­ing around the world and 114 World Sail­ing Class As­so­ci­a­tions.

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