Mountain Sports Center with the approach of Environmental Sustainability by Passive Solar Energy
by Alpine Club of Iran

Photo: © Alpine Club of Iran NOMINEE PROFILE Location: IranProject Status:  October 2019-October 2021 Contact: Vahid MataniEmailFacebook A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Iran is generally mountainous and semi-arid, and more than half of the country's land is made up of mountains. The project unites mountaineering activities with welfare services, training and exercise and rescue services with the aim of preserving the mountains. In Iran, relatively large buildings in the mountainous highlands with full facilities such as convenient urban and regional road access,...

Ama Dablam 2020
by High Altitude Mountain Cleaners

Photo: © High Altitude Mountain Cleaners NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:   March 2020 – May 2020 Contact: Dominic Asselin Email Facebook WebsiteInstagram A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS We are going to clean and remove all old fixed ropes and abandoned garbage on the normal climbing route of Ama Dablam that is used by most teams as the preferred climbing route or descent itinerary for the other route. We'll be climbing the itinerary and stay on it for 23 days to complete the...

Converting organic waste to compressed biogas and organic fertilizer
by Gandaki Urja

Photo: © Gandaki Urja NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  February 2016 - ongoing Contact: Kushal GurungEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Gandaki Urja compressed biogas plant project is located in Pokhara, Nepal, in the foothills of the Annapurna range. Our project is focused on conserving fragile mountain ecosystems by managing the organic waste, and replacing fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers, as well as supporting the livelihoods of the mountain communities in the Annapurna range.  BEST PRACTICES IN MOUNTAINEERING AND MOUNTAIN-BASED SPORTS Converting organic...

Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments by
Pure Project

Photo: © Pure Project NOMINEE PROFILE Location: IrelandProject Status:  2006-ongoing Contact: Ian DavisEmail FacebookWebsite A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The Pure Mile is an environmental initiative of The Pure (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) Project, which aims to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country roadscapes and mountains, by rewarding and acknowledging community and group efforts. The competition encourages communities and groups living in rural areas to adopt a mile stretch of road, or miles of road, and upland areas, The...

PSD Nepal plastics upcycling & recycling in Langtang National Park, Rasuwa, Nepal
by PSD Nepal

Photo: © PSD Plastics NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  October 2018 - ongoing Contact: Samuel JohnsFacebookInstagramWebsite A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS PSD Nepal plastics work is based in the historic Langtang Valley of Rasuwa, Nepal – both a National Park of environmental protection and a heritage site of rich cultural and historical diversity.  Langtang Valley, in the district of Rasuwa, Northern Nepal, is located 120km north of Kathmandu. The oldest national park in all of Nepal, Langtang was established in 1976, and now...

Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering by Biosphere Expeditions

Photo: © Biosphere Expeditions NOMINEE PROFILE Location: WorldwideProject Status:  1999 - ongoing Contact: Dr. Matthias HammerEmail Facebook WebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS Biosphere Expeditions is active in the following regions: Faragas Mountains, Romania: We are involved in creating Europe’s biggest protected area and managing this through citizen science and applied research and conservation.  Altai: We have helped create Saylugem National Park in the Altai Mountains, an area where snow leopards now thrive. When we started, there was no national park, no rangers, no community integration and...

AlpineLearning Project Weeks by
Swiss Alpine Club SAC

Photo: © Swiss Alpine Club NOMINEE PROFILE Location: SwitzerlandProject Status:  2014 - ongoing Contact: Martin KünzleEmail Facebook Website A MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS What does nature-friendly mountaineering mean? What natural dangers lurk in the mountains? What does the everyday life of a hut warden look like? For five days the classroom is moved to several mountain huts of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and school children pursue these questions. During that time, the children dive into the world of mountaineering, learn how to use...

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Simond confirms recalls

The UIAA has been made aware of recent recalls from one its Safety Label holders, Simond. The recalls are currently published in German only. Recalls:Schraubkarabiner RockyToucan LightThe principal Simond recall page can be found here. ...

Sustainable Waste Management in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal by University of Colorado at Boulder

Photo: © University of Colorado Boulder NOMINEE PROFILE Location: NepalProject Status:  March 2019-March 2020 Contact: Alton C. ByersEmailFacebookWebsiteInstagram MOUNTAINEERING FOCUS The accumulation of solid waste in the world’s high mountain basecamps and high camps has been a chronic problem facing alpine ecosystems since mountaineering first became popular in the 1850s. The problem has further intensified with the steady acceleration of trekking and mountaineering tourism over the past four decades, and has become particularly acute in the Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park and Buffer...

TWELVE PROJECTS VYE FOR PREEMINENT AWARD

Following a six month application and assessment process, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has published the list of projects to be showcased as part of the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award. This year marks the seventh running of the annual prize. The final list of nominees comprises 12 high-quality projects operational across all corners of the globe. Projects include those supported, or run, by UIAA member associations or by for profit and non-profit organisations. Most of the nominees are currently...