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TACKLING THE WASTE ISSUE: UIAA RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS SERIES

Article published for International Mountain Day 2016

With the support of several of its European member federations and project partner KEEN, the UIAA spearheaded its first Respect the Mountains Series during the northern hemisphere summer of 2016.

Across nine events in eight countries, over 600 volunteers covered 3,000 kilometres in removing Europe’s slopes of five tonnes of tourist waste.

The Series was created as a two-fold project. On a practical level, lay the direct action clean-up operation that witnessed the removal of five tonnes of waste across European slopes. The other, more significant, aspect is its legacy. Through dedicated workshops, practical field explanations from expert guides and following the project’s seven ways to Respect the Mountains, several hundred mountain volunteers were empowered to become ambassadors for the future.

The Series will expand beyond the boundaries of Europe in 2017. With the support of member federations across the world, Respect the Mountains events will be held throughout the year with an increased focus on education.

Behind the scenes at a UIAA Respect the Mountains Event (Tignes, August 2016)

Member federations interest in organizing UIAA Respect the Mountains events in 2017 are invited to contact mountainprotection@theuiaa.org

For further details about the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series please visit our dedicated project area.

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