UIAA MedCom article published

The UIAA Medical Commission’s article ‘Drug Use and Misuse in the Mountains: A UIAA MedCom Consensus Guide for Medical Professionals’ has been published by High Altitude Medicine & Biology. High Altitude Medicine & Biology is the first peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on the latest advances in high altitude life sciences, and is the primary source of information for clinicians, physiologists, and researchers studying the effects of reduced atmospheric pressure and oxygen deprivation. The aim of the UIAA article...

Mitigation of Climate Change Effects

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Waste Management and Disposal

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Resources and Energy Consumption

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Culture and Education

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="60246" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_hover_animation="" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" text_align="left" padding_top="40" padding_bottom="60" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_class=".large"][vc_column][no_elements_holder number_of_columns="one_column"][no_elements_holder_item item_padding="0px 15px 0px 15px" aligment="left" advanced_animations="no"][vc_column_text]Tourists are increasingly interested in learning more about the different ecosystems, wildlife, cultures and communities that they encounter during the course of their trip. Visitor education and interpretation efforts can help communicate ideas and messages to travelers that increase their awareness, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural...

Conservation of Biodiversity

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NZAC hosts successful Sustainable Summits Conference

130 attendees took part in the Sustainable Summits Conference, organized by the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park from 7-11 August. Hugh Logan, former Director General of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, articulated the spirit of the conference in his Summing Up-What Can We Do? presentation."The conference is the third in a series where people passionate about sustainable management of mountain areas have gathered to discuss social, environmental and economic issues affecting...

Celebration of the first ascents of Mounts Makalu and Kanchenjunga

News from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) related to their Diamond Jubilee Celebration marking the first successful ascents of Mounts Makalu (8,481) and Kanchenjunga (8,586m). The General Assembly of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) is scheduled for 18-19 November in Kathmandu. All the members of the UAAA have been invited to attend the meeting. The International Conference on Mountain Tourism, Climate Change and Earthquakes in Nepal will be also organized in Kathmandu during the same...

Four tonnes of waste cleared by Respect the Mountains team

The penultimate event of the 2016 UIAA Respect the Mountains Series was held in Tignes, France on Friday 26 August. Tignes Développement was responsible for organizing the second event held in the Rhone-Alpes region, following the meet in Samoens earlier in August. The resort of Tignes, at 2,169m, is best known as a ski resort although also offers ample summer activities from mountain biking to paragliding. Together with nearby Val d'Isère, it forms the "Espace Killy" ski area. In excess...

UIAA granted Observer Member status at COP22

The UIAA will be present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in a Observer Member capacity. The conference will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November, 2016. The UIAA’s presence at COP22 follows on from its role at COP21 where it raised awareness, in partnership with other mountain bodies, about the effects of climate change on mountain regions. The protection of the mountain environment is a key pillar of what the UIAA stands for. The...