2015 UIAA Mountain Protection Award nominations
Harnessing the power of the sun in the Pamirs (Photo: http://www.leworld.org)
They are initiatives and projects involving the preservation of biodiversity, waste, renewable energy in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Peru, Tajikistan, Malaysia and Argentina.
UIAA Project Officer Valérie Thöni said they were chosen because they focus on the development of economic sustainability, capacity building among locals, while at the same time tackling big challenges such as climate change, deforestation and desertification in the fragile mountain environment.
Two of the initiatives, one in Bhutan involving an attempt to limit the waste due to cordyceps’ collection, a very popular fungi used in traditional medicine, and another project in Malaysia, which involves rebuilding after a devastating earthquake are fundraising projects.
The Argentinian project is about data collection which can help mitigate the effects of desertification in the remote and scenic Paso Grande mountain forests of the province of San Luis.
“These initiatives and projects are about allowing local communities to live in these areas in an environmentally sustainable and economically viable way,” said Thöni.
Winners are chosen every October by the Assessment and Award Team, which coordinates the review and approval/denial of applications of mountain protection initiatives.
The Team is composed of internationally recognized experts who are specialists and academics in environment/mountain protection issues, as well as expert members from the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission.
For more information please contact Valérie Thöni