Apply for the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Mountain Protection, UIAA

The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) is pleased to confirm that it has updated several important assets related to the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA).

Owing to Covid-19, and as communicated in May 2020, the 2020 and 2021 Awards will now be combined with the winning project announced at the 2021 UIAA General Assembly.

The application portal for projects to apply has remained open since 1 March, 2020. The MPC has recently updated the timeline for the Award’s next steps. As detailed in the graphic below, the deadline for applications is 31 May, 2021. Assessment will commence in mid-2021 and projects showcased on the UIAA website from August.

Three prizes are on offer, the overall winner (cash prize 10’000 EUR), runner-up (cash prize 5’000 EUR) and best new initiative. Full details are provided in the official flyer here. Translations of the flyer can be found below. The UIAA MPA is partnered by the Swiss luxury brand Bally.

Projects can apply for the Award using the official form (Closed as of 1 June, 2021)

Before applying, please refer to the application guidelines.


Since its conception in 2013, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award has proved an emphatic success. In the past seven years, the MPA has showcased and supported 118 projects from over 30 countries. The platform has enabled initiatives to receive international recognition, much-needed funding, exchange ideas and share best practices. Investment generated by the Award has helped projects advance in meeting key targets such as building infrastructures to improve the lives and conditions of mountain people and communities.

The Award is open to projects and associations whose activities are directly related to mountaineering and mountain-based sports and in parallel who demonstrate an 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. 2020 marked an exciting new development with the Award partnered Bally.  Nominated projects must be supported or recognised by UIAA member associations.

Please visit the official Award page for full details.


2019, Swiss Alpine Club, Switzerland
2018, Community Action Nepal, UK
2017, Mount Everest Biogas Project, USA
2016, Mountain Wilderness, France
2015, KTK-BELT Studio, Nepal
2014, Pamir Horse Adventure, Tajikistan
2013, Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia

The UIAA has also recently published series tracking the progress of a number of form MPA winners:

Mountain Wilderness France (2016)
Mount Everest Biogas Project (MEBP) (2017)
AlpineLearning Project Weeks (2019)

Flyer translations: French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


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


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