UIAA and MOUNTAIN PROTECTION

The protection of the mountain environment has always been a chief concern for the UIAA. Today that commitment is as strong as ever. From its very earliest years, UIAA members were active in opposing schemes like the construction of cable cars and railroads in the Alps. Later the focus turned to issues like the problem of visitors leaving behind waste in the mountains, pollution from tourist flights and the use of helicopters to access remote areas.

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International Mountain Day, 11 December: Core Information

At the heart of Mountain Protection 

The UIAA believes all those who have a stake in the well-being of the mountain environment should collectively work to raise awareness about the fragile nature of the mountain ecosystems, as well as to encourage responsible and sustainable behaviour and practices.

The UIAA’s activities focus on: 

  • Promoting sustainable mountain regions development and rewarding innovative initiatives in adventure tourism and mountain conservation.
  • Raising awareness about environmental issues and furthering education on mountain preservation and sustainable practice.
  • Supporting concrete actions taken by our federations that aim to preserve the mountain environment in its natural state.
  • Encouraging the adoption and respect by all of international declarations, including UIAA’s own ethical guidelines, in order to preserve mountain ecosystems and cultures.
  • Liaising with international organisations on access and conservation issues and providing assistance, when requested, to member federations on such issues within their own countries.

The UIAA’s work in this field is supported by the Mountain Protection and Access commissions and through core projects like the annual Mountain Protection Award and Respect the Mountains series as well as international advocacy on behalf of its members, presence at major international summits and conferences, and activity around the annual 11 December International Mountain Day.

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Mountain Protection Commission Membership

As confirmed by the Management Committee, October 2020

MEMBERS

Dr Carolina ADLER (President),
New Zealand (NZAC)

Michael MAUNSELL (Vice President)
Ireland (MI)

Hussein BAGIROV,
Azerbaijan (WCU)

Harshwanti BISHT
India (IMF)

Stephen GOODWIN,
UK (BMC)

Ganesh GURUNG,
Nepal (NMA)

Amin MOEIN,
Iran (IMSCF)

Joop SPIJKER,
The Netherlands (NKBV)

CORRESPONDING MEMBERS

Ahmed AUPAR, Bangladesh (BMF)

Lode BECKERS, Belgium (CMBEL)

Jan Ivar BOE, Norway (NTK)

Valeska BUCHEMI OLIVEIRA, Brazil (CBME)

Toba DYSION, Indonesia (FPTI) 

Mary SANSEVERINO, United States (AAC)

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