Mountain Protection, UIAA

The UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – is delighted to confirm that the MoU between the UIAA and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has now been signed. The United Nations Environment Program is the leading organisation within the United Nations in the field of environment, having a major area of focus on conservation, protection, enhancement and the support of nature and natural resources worldwide.

The MoU represents a huge step forward for the UIAA in its efforts to extend and expand its reach across the globe on the issue of mountain protection,  enabling it to be at the forefront of tackling important issues such as waste management, environmental education and addressing concerns on climate change.  President of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, Dr Carolina Adler was looking forward to addressing these issues by working alongside UNEP.  “We, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, are committed to continue supporting the UIAA on matters pertaining to sustainability and we see our partnership with UN Environment as a great opportunity for growth and outreach.”

One of the first opportunities for collaboration will present itself at the annual UIAA Mountain Protection Commission meeting in May. UNEP members have been invited to a workshop on ways to further develop projects such as Respect the Mountains and the UIAA’s existing sustainability guidelines. Findings will then be presented at October’s General Assembly.

In 2019, the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission celebrated its golden anniversary.  A dedicated article looks back at fifty years of pioneering achievements.

Further Reading
UIAA & Climate Change
UIAA Mountain Protection Commission