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Mountain Protection commission
Protection of the mountain environment has always been an important issue for the UIAA. In the early years, our members protested against the construction of cable cars and railroads in the Alps. Later the focus turned to the problem of visitors leaving behind rubbish in the mountains, pollution from tourist flights and the use of helicopters to access remote areas.
An important job for the UIAA is to educate its members and the public on how to protect the mountain environment. Protection is not just a separate section of our organisation; we try to include the mountain protection component in all our activities - whether its a course for voluntary leaders or expedition advice.
Mountain Protection Award for Stewardships
The UIAA is currently developing a new project: a recognition of best practices to protect the natural and cultural resources of mountain regions (Mountain Protection Award). Learn more ...
Climate change affects the livelihoods and way of life of mountain people and visitors to mountain areas. Glaciers recede impacting communities and climbing routes and trails are altered. The UIAA would like to contribute to public understanding of climate change issues and encourage responsible behaviour.
Partners and resources
The UIAA is a member of various United Nations agencies, including the International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, and works closely with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to promote protected areas. Our organisation values partnerships with a variety of international NGOs.
About the commission
The commission is composed of experts from all other the world. It determines its goals and activities. It develops projects like the Mountain Protection Award (see above) and privilegies work with international conservation organisations and networks to promote sustainable development in mountain regions. See its history, its mission and members on the right hand side.
As Nepal and the Khumbu gets ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, a new paper by UIAA Mountain Protection ...
The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has expressed concern that a proposal by the mayors of two towns near Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in t ...
The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has come out in support of a United Nations resolution which highlights the urgent need to commit to sustai ...
Mountain Protection Com Members Oct 2012