The Board of the Himalayan Environment Trust has decided to institute an award in Sir Edmund Hillary's memory. The annual award will be given to an organisation or an individual for outstanding lifetime contribution to the cause of the Himalayan Environment.
At the Extraordinary Plenary Assembly of the ISMC (UIAA Ski-mountaineering) on February 27th 2008 in Champéry, Switzerland, it was unanimously decided to take the first step in the process to work towards Unit membership of the UIAA for ISMC/ISMF Ski-mountaineering.
Imagine if no one could get to Everest or K2 - what would happen to mountaineering and trekking in Nepal or Pakistan? What would happen to the people who live around those peaks? Afghanistan faces this situation today. Its highest peak, Noshaq (7492m), is virtually inaccessible because the route to base camp is blocked by landmines.
23 July to 6 August 2008, the Mountain Partnership is organising a course on “Mountain Environment and Climate Change” in Italy. The course is open to professionals with a University degree working with mountain development in the public or private sector in their country.
The Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federations invites young mountaineers aged 16 – 30 to join their international ascent of Mt Elbrus, summer 2008. The event is part of the Global Youth Summit.
The Centre for Mountain Studies in Scotland are offering a scholarship for its Master of Science course in Managing Sustainable Mountain Development. Applicants from mountain areas of the new EU states will have priority.