Are you between 14 and 30 years old, an active climber or hiker, and enjoy meeting new people from other countries?
Then one of this year's UIAA Global Youth Summit events might be for you: a climbing camp in Romania, a Russian rock climbing festival, treks in Italy and South Africa and ascents of Mount Elbrus, Russia and Mt. Kazbek, Georgia.
"The 2009 UIAA Global Youth Summit offers the participants an opportunity to be active in some incredibly beautiful landscapes," says Anne Arran, president of the UIAA Youth Commission. The commission co-ordinates the events, which are organised by UIAA member federations.
Linda McMillan, the new president of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, presents her vision of how climbers, mountaineers and trekkers can help study and protect mountain environments.
In the following article, McMillan argues that the UIAA can “claim the high ground” on mountain protection:
From my work with the IUCN’s Mountains Biome group, I see the need and the opportunity to bring three important mountain stakeholder groups—science, sport, and tourism—together to improve mountain protection around the world. Most scientists have not yet realized the great natural potential of sport and tourism to help them to document, understand, preserve and protect precious natural and cultural resources in mountain regions.