The annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was launched in 2013 and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023. Throughout the past ten years, the MPA platform has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending project goals. In parallel, it has provided an international showcase and communication platform for projects to raise awareness, inspire and exchange ideas and initiatives about adapting to climate change, protecting biodiversity, preserving local cultures of the mountainous communities and promoting responsible practices. Not only has it supported local communities, it has fostered its own global community. The Award celebrates innovation and the desire of climbers to make a positive difference.


2023 Mountain Protection Award

Gallery of UIAA Mountain Protection Award winning projects 2013-2022

What are the benefits?

The application deadline is now closed.

All selected projects are showcased on the UIAA website and global communication channels.

• The Best New Initiative is featured in a dedicated article and receives the respective logo and EUR 1’000 in prizemoney.

• The Runner-up to the winning project receives a EUR 3’000 financial remuneration, the right to use the silver MPA logo and is featured in a dedicated article.

The Winner will be announced during a dedicated Award ceremony (at the 2023 UIAA General Assembly in Trabzon, Turkey on 21 October) and receives EUR 6’000 in prizemoney. Thanks to the UIAA partnership with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation, the winning project will further benefit from communication amplification through Bally’s worldwide press outreach and the UIAA’s global mountain network.

• Please note that the format of the official prizegiving may be subject to change. The successful 2023 UIAA MPA nominees will be showcased on the UIAA website from July 2023.

Application Closed

2023 Project Showcase

2023 Showcase

2023 MPA Timeline


UIAA Mountain Protection Award
Past Winners & Nominees 

All of the projects showcased as part of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award since 2013 can be found in the reviews of each year.

16 Showcased Projects
Winner: Asociación 7a Escalada, Peru

24 Showcased Projects
Winner: Fondation Grand Paradis, Italy

12 Showcased Projects
Winner: Swiss Alpine Club, Switzerland

18 Showcased Projects
Winner: Community Action Nepal, UK

26 Showcased Projects
Winner: Mount Everest Biogas Project, USA

23 Showcased Projects
Winner: Mountain Wilderness, France

22 Showcased Projects
Winner: KTK-BELT Studio, Nepal

10 Showcased Projects
Winner: Pamir Horse Adventure, Tajikistan

7 Showcased Projects
Winner: Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia

2020-21 MPA Winner
Fondation Grand Paradis
Presentation (2021)
UIAA Mountain Protection Award
2017 MPA Winner
Mount Everest Biogas Project
2020-2021 Award Ceremony
2019 MPA Winner
Swiss Alpine Club
2016 MPA Winner
Mountain Wilderness
2020-21 Best New Initiative
Zero Dechet
2018 MPA Winner
Community Action Nepal
2015 MPA Winner
KTK Belt Studio


Bally and the UIAA

The partnership between the UIAA and Bally was announced at the 2019 UIAA General Assembly.

The 2020-21 and 2022 MPAs will be partnered by Bally.

Bally Peak Outlook Foundation

The Bally Peak Outlook Foundation was established in 2020, demonstrating the Swiss luxury brand’s long-term commitment to mountain preservation. With a mission to safeguard fragile alpine environments from the adverse effects of global warming and excessive outdoor tourism, the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation aims to raise awareness around the issues threatening the future of these extreme landscapes and empowering local communities and reputable, on-the-ground partners to drive positive and sustainable change. To learn more, visit Bally.com/peakoutlook

About Bally

Bally is a Swiss luxury brand established in 1851, with a rich heritage in shoemaking, and a longstanding relationship to architecture, arts and the environment. Today, the brand offers unique designs across shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear, driven by a dedication to craftsmanship and a contemporary aesthetic. Bally has over 300 retail stores and 500 multi-brand points of sale that span across 66 countries worldwide, including a global e-commerce platform serving 34 countries. For more information, please visit Bally.com

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