"Respect the mountains" projects help keep the Alps clean
29 May 2013
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Respect for the Mountains is a Dutch initiative by Envirotrek which shows that cleaning up can be fun.
Since 2009 Respect the Mountains has organized eight annual community one-day clean up events in eight locations across the heavily travelled European Alps. It's become an opportunity to bring together adults and children, tourists, local groups and outdoor companies gather to remove waste and participate in outdoor activities.
It is also one of the early projects featured in the UIAA Mountain Protection website which is home to the new Mountain Protection Award. The aim of the award is to promote and to ultimately reward best practices in mountain tourism in ways that offer long-term benefits not only to the global mountain tourism industry, but also development sustainability to local mountain people and their environment.
The UIAA provides such organizations the opportunity to have their initiatives shared and inspire projects in other parts of the world.
In the case of Envirotrek, the problem it aims to tackle is the impact of millions of tourists who visit the European Alps each year.
The clean-up events are hands-on opportunities and an educational tool to see the amount of waste generated with their own eyes, and empower them to become positive outdoor role models who will look after these natural spaces.
The project has a direct impact on mountain areas where participants not only remove excess plastic, cigarette butts, car tires, nappies or rusty metals but also promote the area and the importance of protecting it.
For more information on how to be featured on the new UIAA Mountain Protection Award website, please fill out the application form by clicking this link.
Cleaning up can be fun! (Photo supplied by Envirotrek)