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The UIAA believes that everyone should be able to freely walk and climb in mountains and other areas of environmental and recreational value. But sometimes this is restricted through war, landowner apprehension, or regulation.
Rights of access are balanced by responsibility and care for the mountain landscape, bio- and geo-diversity and the cultures and people of the mountains.
The Access Commission works with international associations, and supports our member federations and others to facilitate access to areas while ensuring their environmental and cultural protection.
Best Practice Guidance
Responsible access starts with research, before visiting a crag or mountain environment, to find out if there are any known issues. Browse the Access Commission’s database of best practice examples from the UIAA and partners, UIAA Member Federations and other organisations.
The Access Commission's campaigns range from providing guidance to working with and supporting member federations in their countries with specific issues. In recent years the commission has been involved in access negotiations in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru; the High Tatra, Slovakia and in Kashmir.
Youth and Environment
The Access Commission has clear links to many of the other UIAA commissions, in particular to the Mountain Protection and Youth commissions. The Access Commission sees today’s young climbers as ambassadors for the future of mountain environments and to promote efforts to enjoy our sport in these special habitats.
Development and Future Work
The Access Commission is preparing a four-year plan. The aim is to increase commission membership and geographical representation, increase and promote online resources for access information and increase the number and effectiveness of our partnerships. If you would like to become involved, please contact us.
About the commission
The Access Commission works with international associations, and supports our member federations and others to facilitate access to areas while ensuring their environmental and cultural protection. You can download the full text of our mission, objectives and goals and a list of our members.
A conference on the International Reciprocal Agreement on Mountain Huts in the late summer of 2012 has resulted in some modifications to the agreem ...
A new group called The Italian Observatory for Liberty set up to resist attempts by national or local authorities to constrain freedom of access and ...
Public access to a proposed conservation area in the Rio De Olivares for the 5 million inhabitants of Santiago and the controversial HydroAysen hydr ...
Mountain Ethics Declaration
Access Commission members oct 2012