UIAA Mountain Protection Award featured at International Mountain Summit
31 Oct 2013
Dr. Carolina Adler speaks to a packed hall at the Kiku. International Mountain Summit in Brixen (Photo: UIAA)
The inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award was prominently featured at the prestigious Kiku. International Mountain Summit held in Brixen, Italy with a presentation about the initiative by UIAA commission member Dr. Carolina Adler.
Adler’s talk is the result of a growing partnership between the UIAA and organizers of the annual conference which has grown to become a must-attend event featuring six days of unique lectures, awards, conferences, exhibitions and meeting around the theme of mountains.
“The UIAA is looking forward to continuing this partnership,” said Adler.
The statistics for the gathering are impressive. From 17 October to 22 October 2013, 8.230 guests participated including 121 journalists from nine countries, 400 participants in the Walk Day, 100 speakers for 35 individual congresses and 2400 photographers from 100 countries in the IMS Photo Contest 2013.
Another view of the crowd listening to a panel discussion at the Kiku. International Mountain Summit (Photo: ©Manuel Ferrigato/IMS)
Mountaineers present included Reinhold Messner, David Lama, Stefan Glowacz, Silvio Mondinelli, Andy Holzer, Catherine Destivelle, Silvia Vidal, Hansjörg Auer, Oswald Oelz, Benedikt Böhm, Ueli Steck and Simone Moro.
There were also five world premieres for books and films held and the first Paul Preuss award was awarded to famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner who received the award from film producer Lutz Maurer.
In her presentation, Dr. Adler described the goals of the award, how organizations can promote their mountain protection activities/programs on the UIAA website, and the cash award of US$5,000 which will goes to the winner.
Among the objectives of the award which has a deadline of 1 December 2013 for submissions of projects:
To protect the mountain areas of the world as one of the last natural, unspoilt and free spaces on earth.
To prevent irreversible impacts in mountain ecosystems.
To promote environmentally responsible behavior and education amongst mountaineers, climbers and other mountain visitors.
To develop sustainable socio-cultural, economic and environmental initiatives that encourage mountain protection.
The priority areas are conservation of biodiversity, resource / energy consumption, waste management and disposal, mitigation of climate change effects and culture and education.
The Kiku. International Mountain Summit is supported by brands such as Südtirol, KIKU, GORE-TEX®, BMW, Marmot, Raiffeisen, City of Brixen, Foundation Sparkasse and Forum Brixen.