Whitewater venues – Advancing urban sustainability

Whitewater venues – Advancing urban sustainability

Sites d'eau vive - Faire progresser la durabilité urbaine

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Strategically situated at the heart of urban centres, whitewater venues act as powerful catalysts for positive change, offering immense potential to foster inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities worldwide.

The ICF’s strategic vision, as outlined in the 2022-24 Fit For Future plan, places significant emphasis on leveraging whitewater venues to contribute to sustainable development goals. These venues play a crucial role in generating revenue, promoting citizen welfare and accelerating climate and environmental objectives.

Through this report, the ICF highlights case studies that exemplify this vision. For example the Parc Olímpic del Segre in Catalonia stands as a symbol of sustainability, blending recreational and environmental benefits. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, showcases how adventure tourism can invigorate local economies.

Furthermore, the report delves into the profound impact of adventure sports, such as whitewater kayaking, on mental wellbeing. Spending time in nature and engaging in these activities can significantly reduce stress and contribute to better mental health for urban dwellers.

As part of its commitment to global sustainability, the ICF envisions a future where whitewater venues prioritise environmental sustainability, promote swift water rescue training to enhance disaster resilience and integrate renewable energy hubs to combat climate change.

Read the full report here.