POSTED: June 6th 2012
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Sochi 2014 launches green projects and save the turtles on environment day

The rare Mediterranean Nikolsky turtle / Sochi 2014
The rare Mediterranean Nikolsky turtle / Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014 employees, partners and volunteers pitched in for a united effort to clean and develop the nature trails around the city / Sochi 2014
Sochi 2014 employees, partners and volunteers pitched in for a united effort to clean and develop the nature trails around the city / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

June 6 – The Sochi 2014 winter Games organizing committee launched a number of green initiatives to commemorate World Environment Day.

One of these included a collaboration between the Sochi Environmental and Biological Center, with the support of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the Sochi branch of the Russian Geographic Society called "Attention to the Turtle!" to raise awareness about the rare Mediterranean Nikolsky turtle.

These turtles are facing extinction and the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee along with the Sochi Branch of the Russian Geographic Society and Sochi 2014 volunteers distributed fliers to residents and guests to report the locations of any of the turtles to local environmentalists and specialists.

The Environmental and Biological Center has been equipped with aquariums, where any saved turtles will be housed and the center's staff and volunteers will be responsible for taking care of the rescued.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014, said, "Environmental recognition, received by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee today, is proving that we have been able to create the necessary conditions for environmental protection programs development. This once again confirms the organizers' aspiration to create a "green" legacy that will remain long after the Games for generations to come”.

Sochi 2014 employees, partners and volunteers also worked on nature trail cleanups around the city and the Olympic areas.

Also the Sochi 2014 environmental management system (EMS) was recognized for its activities and received a certificate of conformity according to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001.


Keywords · Sochi 2014 · World Environment Day · Nikolsky · UNEP


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