The annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was created in 2013. During its eight years of existence, the platform has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending project goals. In parallel, 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 the desire of climbers to make a positive difference.


MPA 2020-21

Award Platform


Award Assessment Team

Mountain Protection Award 2020-2021

What are the benefits?

All selected projects are showcased on the UIAA website and global communication channels.

• The Best New Initiative is featured in a dedicated article and receives the respective logo.

• The Runner-up to the winning project receives a EUR 5’000 financial remuneration, the right to use the silver MPA logo and gets featured in a dedicated

The Winner is announced at the UIAA General Assembly and receives a EUR 10’000 financial grant. Thanks to the UIAA partnership with BALLY, the winning project will further benefit from exclusive content creation and communication amplification through BALLY’s worldwide press outreach and the UIAA’s global mountain network.

• Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone the 2020 Award until 2021. Application is open. Full details about the 2020-21 Award can be found here

Application Closed

2020-21 Project Showcase

Award Platform

Mountain Protection Award Timeframe

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

Presentation (2021)
UIAA Mountain Protection Award
2017 MPA Winner
Mount Everest Biogas Project
2019 MPA Winner
Swiss Alpine Club
2016 MPA Winner
Mountain Wilderness
2018 MPA Winner
Community Action Nepal
2015 MPA Winner
KTK Belt Studio

Bally and the UIAA

The partnership between the UIAA and Bally was announced at the 2019 UIAA General Assembly.  The 2020 and 2021 UIAA MPAs will be partnered by Bally.

About Bally

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 Bally.com


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