Membership, Mountain Protection, UIAA

A special UIAA Mountain Network Series webinar, the fourth of 2021, will be held on Friday 3 December to announce the winner of the 2020-2021 UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA).

Organised with the support of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation, established in 2020 by Swiss luxury brand Bally to preserve the mountains and their communities, the webinar will be part of the lead-up to Saturday 11 December’s annual International Mountain Day.

A total of 24 projects operational in more than 30 countries and on six continents were showcased as part of 2020-2021 MPA. They represent a range of initiatives including encouraging youth participation, tackling pollution and climate change, creating sustainable national parks, spearheading clean-up campaigns and projects focused on women in mountaineering.

In the weeks leading up to the webinar, the winner of the Best New Initiative and Runner-Up prizes will be announced on the UIAA social media channels.

This year’s winner will become the eighth recipient of the international award since 2013 and receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros.

The webinar will be streamed live on Zoom and on YouTube on Friday 3 December at 14:00 CET. Check your local time here.

The webinar will last 90 minutes and feature contributions from the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission, Bally and The Bally Peak Outlook Foundation, UNEP, the 2020-21 MPA best new initiative, runner-up and the Award winner themselves.

To register for the webinar on Zoom (free of charge) please click here.

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Since its conception in 2013, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award has proved an emphatic success. In the past seven years, the MPA has showcased and supported 118 projects from over 30 countries. The platform has enabled initiatives to receive international recognition, much-needed funding, exchange ideas and share best practices. Investment generated by the Award has helped projects advance in meeting key targets such as building infrastructures to improve the lives and conditions of mountain people and communities.

The Award is open to projects and associations whose activities are directly related to mountaineering and mountain-based sports and in parallel who demonstrate an 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. 2020 marked an exciting new development with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation partnering to sponsor the Award.. Nominated projects must be supported or recognised by UIAA member associations.

Please visit the official Award page for full details.


2019, Swiss Alpine Club, Switzerland
2018, Community Action Nepal, UK
2017, Mount Everest Biogas Project, USA
2016, Mountain Wilderness, France
2015, KTK-BELT Studio, Nepal
2014, Pamir Horse Adventure, Tajikistan
2013, Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, Ethiopia


The Bally Peak Outlook Foundation was established in 2020, demonstrating the Swiss luxury brand’s long-term commitment to mountain preservation. With a mission to safeguard fragile alpine environments from the adverse effects of global warming and excessive outdoor tourism, the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation aims to raise awareness around the issues threatening the future of these extreme landscapes and empowering local communities and reputable, on-the-ground partners to drive positive and sustainable change. To learn more, visit Bally.com/peakoutlook


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 320 retail stores and 500 multi-brand points of sale spanning across 60 countries worldwide, including a global e-commerce platform serving 61 countries. For more information, please visit Bally.com