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In order to understand the legacy of Barcelona’’92, it is vital to explain its relationship with today’’s challenging environmental situation. The year of the Barcelona’’92 Olympic Games was internationally important in environmental terms because the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro established a series of protocols on matters of sustainability for the first time in history. The fact that the two major events were being held in the same year led to the “Earth Pact” between the United Nations (through the Earth Summit) and the Olympic Movement.

Within the powers of the Organising Committee for the Barcelona’’92 Olympic Games (COOB’’92) was the ability to offer tax incentives to companies that made donations for environmental issues (the total figure for tax incentives certified by COOB’’92 amounted to €1.33 billion or 221.5 billion Pesetas). The environmental impact of the Olympic Games was a hot topic at several pre-Games exhibitions on the development of different projects, and was particularly so at the “Beloved Earth” exhibition that welcomed more than 100,000 visitors.

After the Olympic Games, “Beloved Earth” travelled internationally. Once again, its focus was considered to be a key ingredient of the Olympic message first conveyed at Barcelona’’92. It should be said that the philosophy devised by Barcelona for the prioritisation of the city’’s needs —in terms not only of urban and infrastructure planning, but also of Olympic-facility spacing and subsequent use— constitutes a precedent for today’’s economic and environmental sustainability policies.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.