2019 Information Flyers 







UIAA Mountain Protection Award

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.

2019 Award

Who can apply?

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 2019 application guidelines.

Please note the application deadline for the 2019 Award closed on 30 June.

What are the benefits?

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 international press release and invited to the UIAA General Assembly (to be held on 2 November, 2019 in Cyprus).

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Application Closed

UIAA Mountain Protection Award
Past Winners & Nominees 

All of the projects showcased as part of the UIAA Mountain Protection Award  since 2013 can be found in the reviews of each year.

12 Showcased Projects
Winner: Swiss Alpine Club, Switzerland

18 Showcased Projects
Winner: Community Action Nepal, UK

26 Showcased Projects
Winner: Mount Everest Biogas Project, USA

23 Showcased Projects
Winner: Mountain Wilderness, France

22 Showcased Projects
Winner: KTK-BELT Studio, Nepal

10 Showcased Projects
Winner: Pamir Horse Adventure, Tajikistan

7 Showcased Projects
Winner: Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia

MPA Videos

UIAA Mountain Protection Award
2019 MPA Winner
Swiss Alpine Club
2018 MPA Winner
Community Action Nepal
2017 MPA Winner
Mount Everest Biogas Project
2016 MPA Winner
Mountain Wilderness
2015 MPA Winner
KTK Belt Studio


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Non-Profit Partners

Mountain Institute

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.



United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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).


World Conservation Union

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.


Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)

A multidisciplinary scientific organisation that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world.


The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world. Founded in 2002, the Mountain Partnership addresses the challenges facing mountain regions by tapping the wealth and diversity of resources, knowledge, information and expertise, from and between its members, in order to stimulate concrete initiatives at all levels that will ensure improved quality of life and environments in the world’s mountain regions.


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