The UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was created in 2013. During its six years of existence, the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment. It has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending goals; it has provided an international showcase and communication platform for projects to raise awareness and exchange ideas and initiatives. Not only has it supported local communities, it has fostered its own global community. The Award celebrates innovation and a desire to make a difference.
The three pillars of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) are safety, sport and sustainability. Within this latter category, the MPA is a fundamental part of the federation’s commitment to encouraging and supporting the conservation of natural resources, landscapes and diverse cultures in mountain regions. Through the MPA, the UIAA focuses on the promotion of positive behaviour and education in mountain tourism and recreation, notably in climbing and mountaineering activities.
Argentina: Mujer Montaña
Mountains for Life; Cordillera Blanca, Our Ecological Footprint
Argentina: Project Aconcagua
Implementation of human waste disposal measures at base and high altitude camps
Argentina: Waka Thaki
Caminos Sagrados/Sacre Paths
Austria: Alpine Pearls
Supporting environmentally friendly travel
Less In, More Out
Cambodia: Wildlife Alliance
Community-based ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountain Range, Cambodia
Colombia: Fundación Edenes de Colombia
Acceso a paraísos de Colombia (Access to Colombia’s paradises)
Ecological restoration of the habitat of the spectacled bear
Colombia: Project Cordillera
Connecting adventure tourism with high mountain communities and local efforts to protect the environment
Croatia: Zagreb Speleological Union
France: Innov Mountains
Digital best practices and portal for mountain sustainability
International: Biosphere Expeditions
Mountain protection worldwide through citizen science and volunteering
Iran: I.R Iran Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Federation
Waste Management, Education Mountaineers and Cultural Affairs in Damavand
Ireland: Help the Hills
Tallaght: ‘Gateway to the Dublin Mountains’
Italy: Fondation Grand Paradis
I.T.E.R – Imaginer Un Transport Efficace et Responsable
Discovery journey of the areas of the Gran Paradiso and Mont Avic parks
La Montagna che Rinasce (The Reborn mountain)
Italy: Rê.V.E. – Grand Paradis
A network of electric vehicles
Italy/Philippines: La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche
Support for sustainable eco-tourism in Puerto Princesa underground river (Palawan, Philippines)
Latin America: Acceso PanAM
Managing human waste in advance base camps in Patagonia
Lebanon: Mount Zayan
Environmental education and accessible trails for eco-tourists
United Kingdom: Community Action Nepal
Post-earthquake recover programme in Nepalese mountain communities
United States: Clean Climbing on Denali
The removal of all waste
United States: Mount Everest Biogas Project
Environmentally sustainable solution to the impact of human waste on Mount Everest and beyond
United States: Wilderness Rock Climbing Indicators and Climbing Management Implications
Health of the climbing system as a part of wilderness character in National Park Wilderness
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UIAA Executive Board member Pier Giorgio Oliveti, UIAA Mountain Protection Commission President Dr Carolina Adler and UIAA Honorary Member Ang Tshering Sherpa represented the International Climbing and Mountaineering federation at the fifth Mountain ...
The UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was created in 2013 and since then it has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment. The UIAA MPA consists of a platform where selected mountain protection projects are showcased and promoted, as well as a prize which is awarded to one winning project every year. The UIAA MPA projects platform is open to all UIAA member federations, as well as other associations or institutions whose activities are directly related to mountaineering and mountain-based sports. To apply for the UIAA MPA, projects must correspond to at least one of the following categories:
• Conservation of biodiversity – including flora and fauna
• Sustainable resource management, such as energy or water
• Sustainable waste management and disposal
• Adaptation to/mitigation of effects of climate change
• Protection of the environment through culture and education
Nominees must also demonstrate engagement and collaboration with local communities to develop a culture of mountaineering activities and initiatives that are both sustainable and that attract and inspire visitors. To apply and participation in the UIAA MPA is free of charge. For additional information regarding eligibility, assessment criteria and review process, please refer to the UIAA MPA application criteria
• Every approved initiative and project submitted to the UIAA MPA is showcased as part of the MPA platform. Becoming part of the UIAA’s global network creates tangible benefits for both the nominees and the Award winner in terms of raising project awareness and support.
• All nominees are promoted individually through the UIAA’s social media channels while the project itself is showcased in the monthly UIAA newsletter.
• Furthermore, the winning project receives as 5,000 USD financial grant, is featured in a dedicated press release and invited to the UIAA General Assembly.
Since 1972 THE MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE (TMI) works with remote mountain communities to address their most critical challenges. Aimed at the preservation of mountain cultural, natural and spiritual resources, TMI focuses on three central themes: conservation of mountain ecosystems, sustainable economic development and support for unique mountain cultures.
UNEP provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The MPA approach and criteria are based on the UNEP “Mountains: A Practical Guide to Managing the Environmental and Social Impacts of Mountain Tours” (2007).
The UIAA works with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to promote protected areas and access and conservation strategies for climbing. IUCN works to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.