GAIA is short for «Good governance and sustainability in sports practice».

As sport is an integral part of society, it cannot ignore environmental and sustainable development issues. As with any activity, sport both has an impact on the environment and is affected by it. Thus, sport and sustainable development are deeply interlinked and need to be addressed jointly.

GAIA aims to create awareness on the topic and foster the implementation of good governance and sustainability actions. In fact, sport presents broad opportunities to promote environmental awareness, capacity building, and far-reaching actions for environmental, social, and economic development across society. Thus, GAIA objectives are:

  • conduct a research on the state-of-the-art of the inclusion of good governance and sustainability principles in the code of ethics of sports organisation in order to understand the needs and obstacles of sports organisations to comply with good governance and sustainability principles;
  • develop a curriculum on Sustainability and Good Governance for members of Sports organisations to act as Sustainable Good Governance officers within their organisations;
  • elaborate a training programme on Sustainability and Good Governance to provide members of sports organisations with knowledge and competences on Sustainability;
  • co-develop with the final users a Sustainable Sport Governance Chart, detailing a set of principles to follow to ensure a sustainable and transparent organization structure;
  • establish a network of informed and committed sports organisations, pledging to the SSG Chart and committing to adapt their governance and structure to as many principles as possible.

Our project partners are:

Bejzbol Savez Srbije, Serbia (coordinator)

L’Orma SSD ARL, Italy

Oltalom Sport Association, Hungary

Urban Research and Education UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Germany

Association for protection and promotion of health environment, North Macedonia

The project was kicked off in February 2023 in Belgrade and will go on until summer 2025.

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