Federaciό Motociclista d’Andorra wins the 2015 Edition.
The FIM Environmental Award has been presented annually since 1997 to recognise individuals, National Motorcycle Federations, Continental Unions, clubs, organisers, manufacturers or other organisations that have made a significant contribution to enhancing environmental awareness in the field of motorcycling.
This year’s winner is the National Motorcycle Federation of Andorra (FMA), which for the first time joined the KiSS Programme (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) as part of the FIM Trial World Championship event they organised in the small Principality in the heart of the Pyrenees.
This is the second time that this award has been won by this small National Federation, their previous success coming in 2013. On both occasions the award has extra relevance considering the organisation only has fifteen members, all of whom are volunteers, and receives no subsidy from the Government for environmental issues.
The KiSS Programme was initially conceived back in 2013 and has previously concentrated on MotoGP circuits, so it was a huge challenge for this National Federation to be able to deliver such a project at an offroad event high in the mountains where the environmental impact of sporting activities is at its most sensitive.
This KiSS Programme is designed to bring together various actions under one umbrella that incorporates more elements for the sustainability of the sport and promotes the participation of all sectors, perhaps most importantly and especially the spectators who attend in their thousands.
The National Motorcycle Federation of Andorra has organised world-class events for many years, where the discipline of Trial brings the sport directly in contact with nature. Over the years the federation has developed practices that allow the sport and nature to work in harmony to produce overall an economic and social benefit for the local area.
The award is attributed by an independent jury composed of five members: Marius Mathee (FIM Africa Environmental Panel Chairman), Andrzej Witkowski (Chair of the FIM Awards and Recognition Committee), Jill Savery (CEO at Bristlecone Strategies, Inc.), and Even Wiger (FIA Sustainability Advisor). FIM Environmental Award jury member Jill Savery expressed the Panel’s appreciation of the FMA’s work: “This project has been a great success. Several innovative outreach strategies were used to communicate to the public and engage athletes. Since this is the first time this programme (KiSS) has been used at a Trial event, it shows that it can be done, and others can try it as well. In this respect it is innovative, and can be replicated by other Federations and event organisers.”
Kattia Hernandez, FIM International Environment Commission Director, added: “We had had a fantastic season full of green events. I’m very pleased with all the help received from all the FIM family. Every year I can see our stakeholders becoming more and more aware about the importance of organising sustainable events. I would also like to say a big thank you to our FIM Environmental Ambassadors team, who have shown their commitment with the Ride Green Programme over the year. In the world of sustainability everyone is a winner. As I used to say, at the end of the day we are living in the same house and riding on the same track!”