Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Sustainable Sochi? At Least It’s Not In Beijing

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The last three Olympics have been hosted by two countries that are some of the largest perpetrators of carbon emissions and production, Canada and China, and now Russia is going to  try and host the games with a sustainable vision. It is hard to believe that these countries can keep an agreement of long term sustainability when they all have halted climate change agreements and increased drilling in places like the arctic circle. If Russia is not sustainable on a national level, can they be sustainable in Sochi?

With a population of 343,334 in 2010 it is 3,000 people smaller than Vancouver was in 2010, but Vancouver is a port city and Sochi is a resort town on the shores of the black sea. If Sochi is going to be sustainable in the short or long term they must plan accordingly for the increased tourism both during and after the games. An increase in tourism is often associated with the “backlash” of the Olympics but this does not necessarily mean the City’s population will grow at an exceeded rate. Many cities (i.e. Johannesburg) hosting International events like the World Cup and Olympics have spent economic and environmental resources building facilities that cannot be supported or used in the years afterward.  In other words they overestimate the development that their city is capable of.

If Sochi commits to limiting excess infrastructure, a sustainable games can be achievable because it is resort city that is used to and can adapt to a short term increase in population. Their short term success is also boosted by the implementation of the Sustainable Management System which outlines thoughtful impact assessment and a responsible plan-do-check-act process. Information on the SMS can be found below

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/progress/

 

 

 

Can Sochi maintain the Legacy for the Olympic and Parlympic Winter Games?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have high expectations and sustainable development plan in place to make these games a success. I believe the most difficult process of this is to maintain the Olympic Game Legacy as well as Sochi, Russia contributing their own uniqueness during their host of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Games in Sochi are going to be highly innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, that will express the spirit of modern Russia and bring with them sustainable, positive change for the whole country.

They want any participants, competitors and billion of TV viewers to come away with a positive impression of the Games and of Russia leaving a rich legacy for Sochi, Russia. They are planning for more than short-term their long term-goals are to be a positive contribution to their economy, cultural and environmental development of the entire Krasnodar Region. There are many examples of how the games have transformed an image of a city and can be an overall positive experience for these cities.

This rich legacy – material and non-material – remains in the host country for many years, which is why many nations compete for the right to host the Games. For the winning country, the Games are a project of national value.

The Russian Diamond is of high importance as well when talking about the values of the games. They consist of

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014 Organizing committee has 11 strategic objectives in place to be the most successful and they have 6 main areas of activity in the field of sustainability for the preparation of staging the Games in 2014 they are

  1. Healthy Lifestyle – develop mass and professional sport, promote healthy lifestyles, and make it possible for people with disabilities to participate in sports.
  2. Harmony with Nature – Minimal impact on climate, zero waste games and enlightenment games.
  3. Barrier-free Environment – accessibility standards and requirements that are imposed on the host-city of the Games by the IOC and the IPC.
  4. Economic Prosperity – develop job markets, develop Sochi as a mountain climate resort and sports center at an international level and help stabilize the economic development.
  5. Modern Technologies – use of innovative technology solutions, development of a legal normative base, distribution of cutting-edge experience in the area of organizing sports and mass events and the perfection of approaches and practices in the management of large projects at a federal level.
  6. Culture and National Values – maintain culture diversity, maintaining culture legacy and develop patriotism and the feeling of national pride.

With all of these procedures and emphasize on these values and preparation steps I believe Sochi, Russia can host an excellent Olympic and Paralymic Winter Games.

Russi-ing to the next Olympics…

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

With the next Winter Olympics approaching in less than 100 days and the Paralympics under 120 days, Sochi is excited and ready for their first ever held Winter Olympics…..

Time to get a little excited:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouk7yLHI6i8

And a view of the beautiful country and the Olympic project progress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hArK209Jp6g

 

With the responsibility of hosting such a huge event, comes goals and visions that are desirable to obtain in terms of reflecting their country.

The mission of the Sochi 2014 Olympic project is to organize and stage innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will express the character of the new Russia and bring sustainable positive changes for the entire country.

According to the Sochi’s Olympic/Paralympics Organizing Committee the “sustainable positive changes” from that quote can be defined as “as the implementation of programs, activities and other efforts aimed at creating long-lasting positive social, economic and environmental benefits with efficient use of resources and state-of-the-art development management technologies.”

The Games Mission consists of nine elements-known as The Russian Diamond. Those include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014

But the question stands: Are the strategies that the Sochi organizing committee outlined for a sustainable hallmark event achievable? 

According to Joanna M. Foster from Climate Process, wrote an article expressing her worry about Sochi’s “Zero Waste” program meaning “out of sight.” Villagers have complained about illegal dumping and reports have shown this isn’t the first time Russia has been accused of not living up to its Olympic Sustainability promises.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/30/2862451/sochi-sustainable-olympics/

I believe that it is great to address and discuss all their visions, projects and plans to achieve the goals. But if they are going to be effective with their visions, they must follow The Russian Diamond as well and be honest with themselves as well as the world. Some points need a reasonable, measurable way on determining if things are going to plan. But I support and believe that we are going in the right direction with this upcoming Olympics/Paralympics by establishing an effective use of resources and technologies to successfully conduct a positive social, economic and environmental benefit and still expressing the beautiful culture of the country.

Below is the Sochi 2014 Sustainability Report:

http://sochi2014.blob.core.windows.net/storage/games/strategy/report/Sochi%202014%20Sustainability%20Report%202011-2012%20ENG.pdf

Sochi: Is it worth it to host the Olympic Games?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I think the plans for sustainability are achievable because they are using the most of the opportunities that they are given and principles to follow a design to be able to have sustainable development. This development creates positive change within a country, because countries gain many positive aspects when they host the Olympic Games in their city.

Sustainability means creating long-term positive change in the social, economic and environmental spheres, based on effective use of the resource potential for all Russians both today and tomorrow.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/

Hosting Olympic Games allow cities to gain potential and change in their economic standings, along with the environment and social aspects. The economic aspect is affected because there are many people and tourists that come to watch and participate in the Olympics. The hotels, businesses, and restaurants are all positively impacted by the Olympic people.

Sustainable development is a process based on the combination of economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present, while not jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/media/news/44665/

Sustainable development is a smart plan and definitely something needed to help the countries that host the Olympic Games. It focuses greatly on the three aspects: economic, environment, and social.

Is it worth hosting the Olympics?

Approximately 80% of cities in which the Games were held after 1972 are now among the 200 most popular cities in the world. The Games in 1992 helped Barcelona to become one of the world’s major tourist centres.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/media/news/44665/

I definitely think that it is worth it hosting the Olympic games because it helps with the economic status of a country, especially when statistics show that 80% of cities after the Olympic games have become the most popular in the world. Knowing this as well as all of the sustainable developments that the organizing committee puts together goes to show that all of the plans for sustainability are achievable.

Sochi 2014…push in the right direction or pushing too hard?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Sochi Organizing Committee stages and prepares for the 2014 Olympic Games.  The purpose of the committee is to make a large amount of opportunities from the Games in Sochi for keeping alive long-term development in the area.  While preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the Organizing Committee sees sustainability to mean creating positive changes in the area socially, economically and environmentally.  They believe that this can be done by the resources available.  For the committee to achieve the sustainability they strive for, six main areas of topics will prepare for the stagings of the event.  These six topics include: healthy lifestyle, harmony with nature, barrier-free environment, economic prosperity, modern technologies and culture and national values.  To be able to reach these six topics, a program of action in the field of sustainability within the Olympic project for 2011-2014 has been created. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/

 

The six topics to achieve sustainability are good topics to start to find achievement.  Unfortunately, it seems as though some of the topics may be more attainable than others as well as realistic.  Economic Prosperity absolutely has the possibility to achieve its goals.  The Olympic Games is a celebration of sports and events that brings the entire world together in competition.  To be able to see first hand the best of the best compete against one another is an incredible opportunity and site to see.  Since people love watching the Games, it will bring greater numbers in population to the place in which it is held, Sochi.  The Organizing Committee sees this as a huge opportunity to “ensure long term sustainable development and prosperity of the city of Sochi, the Krasnodar region and all of Russia.”  They hope to see this as providing a more stable economic development for the area which can develop the job market.  In preparation for the Games, new roads, railways, and other types of transportation opportunities are arising.  This infrastructure and new venues will allow for Sochi to develop as a city, but for the development of Russia as well.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/

 

The area of modern technologies is an area that can be achieved by the committee.  With the progress that as been made through technology in the past years, broadcasting through media and the technological devices that run it have allowed for better footage and coverage of the event.  The Organizing Committee says:

“The technological solutions of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will provide high quality services to all of their clients: The Olympic and Paralympic Families, athletes, media, Games personnel, the spectators at the stadiums and the international audience of the Games.”

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/technology/

 

Topics such as healthy living will be very difficult to achieve.  This will be very difficult to accomplish because of personal lifestyle and decisions that people make individually.  The Organizing Committee says that they want to make healthy eating, stop making smoking and drinking popular, and help increase the physical activity level of a person.  The Games is a time of celebration of sport and competition across the world.  In times of celebration, people tend to enjoy smoking and drinking, which will make it very difficult to become an activity in minority.  Trying to make people change their current ways of living by asking them to increase their physical activity and decrease the amount of alcohol and smoking is nearly impossible.  If people want to change, they will.  Promoting a healthy lifestyle at the Games would be beneficial because it would be informative, but it would not be pushing people in directions that they do not want to go.

 

In conclusion, it appears as though the Organizing Committee has some great ideas for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.  Unfortunately, some topics would appear to be incredibly difficult, for it pushes people in directions that they are not ready for.  Some types of change are greater and more significant than others, and because of this people have to want to see that change.