At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and in partnership with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee, a UNEP expert team undertook a mission to Sochi from 28 to 30 January 2010 to assess preparations in the lead up to the games.
The mission produced a report, which was prepared on the request of the Russian government, presenting key findings and recommendations.
The mission involved site visits along the construction path of the combined road/railway and other sites in the region (including the Biathlon venue and Olympic Village in the mountain cluster, Gasprom complex, Rosa Khuta). It also involved discussions with the Russian Railway Corporation, Olympstroy, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, and the administrations of the City of Sochi, the Sochi National Park, the Biosphere Reserve, NGOs and local experts. The mission visited several installations (including the leopard breeding centre, tree nursery and zoo) presented as mitigation measures to the effects of various Olympic and tourism projects on the environment.
Sochi Games present both challenges and opportunities. Effective engagement of stakeholders and using experiences of international best practices could make Sochi 2014 a unique environmental showcase. Sochi 2014 also presents a major opportunity to raise environmental awareness and care for the environment particularly in the Sochi region. It is an important opportunity for best practices on waste management and sustainable transport to be implemented in Sochi.