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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.
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.
MP AWARD 2013 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - nov 2013 Once a year, the UIAA recognises particularly outstanding projects in mountain protection with the Mountain Protection Award. All projects submitted are reviewed by the Assessment and Awards Team and visible on the website. Winners are chosen by the Award Team, which is composed of external experts, UIAA mountain protection delegates and partners. DEADLINE for submissions 1december 2013. More information on http://www.mountainprotection.theuiaa.org/
For young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and developing long-term collaborations. ...
The inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award was prominently featured at the prestigious Kiku. International Mountain Summit held in Brixen, Italy ...
Sustainable tourism was the focus of a two-day conference organized by Western University, the sponsor of the inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Ce ...