Climbing and Conservation in Spain. An open debate.

A recent video production from Spain provides an interesting insight into the mountain access debate and the sometimes complex relationship between climbing and conservation. The video is titled ‘Prohibido escalar’ (No Climbing) and available to view below (in Spanish with English subtitles). The video opens with the explanation that Spain...

Access Commission meets in Baku

The UIAA Access Commission held its annual meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on the weekend of 14-16 May, writes Juan Jesus Ibáñez Martin. The event was kindly hosted by FAIREX of Azerbaijan. The UIAA Access and Mountain Protection Commission held a joint meeting in Baku The Access Commission meeting comprised the...

FEDME study connects marked paths and sustainable rural development

[embed]https://youtu.be/IvQks0UJqps[/embed]   The Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports (FEDME) has released a study which looks at how hiking trails can be developed in an economical, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. "This research is pioneering in Europe,” said Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the...

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin is new head of the UIAA Access Commission

Juan J. Ibáñez Martin, the new head of the UIAA Access Commission says the qualified exchange of information between member federations with greater traditions of access and others facing bigger access challenges is key to his group’s work. "We want to strengthen assistance to members of...

Access Commission meets in Chile

Public access to a proposed conservation area in the Rio De Olivares for the 5 million inhabitants of Santiago and the controversial HydroAysen hydroelectric project were among the issues tackled by the Access Commission of the UIAA in a meeting held in Chile earlier this...

Tribute to the late Stefano Tirinzoni

Stefano Tirinzoni, member of the UIAA Management Committee, passed away on April 29 at the age of 62 after a long illness. He worked as an architect and in urban planning in his home town of Sondrio, Italy, and he had a special interest in the field...

UIAA condemns building of hotel in South Africa protected area

The UIAA Access and Mountain Protection Commissions have condemned the development of a luxury hotel in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Protected Environment (MPE). The construction of the Kgaswane Country Lodge is being fought by the Magaliesberg Protection Association (MPA), which is supported by other organisations including the Mountain Club of South...