UIAA supports International Mountain Day

Featured, Mountain Protection

The UIAA supports the celebration of 11 December 2011 as International Mountain Day.

First started in 2003 by the United Nations, the day has become an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains and to focus on both the opportunities and challenges in mountain development.

At the UIAA, the protection of the mountain environment is a central area of concern. As part of its commitment to ensuring sustainable development and use of mountains, the UIAA, through its Mountain Protection Commission, is developing criteria to evaluate applications for the use of a Mountain Protection Label.

Like the world-renowned UIAA Safety Label, the UIAA Mountain Protection Label will become a stamp of authority for best practices. It will be awarded to tour operators and mountain recreation organizations that have committed themselves to live up to the requirements of the label.

For more information on our Mountain Protection Label, which the UIAA hopes to launch in 2012, please click here.

As the UN fact sheet states, mountains cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface and are home to 12 percent of the human population. This year International Mountain Day will focus on the theme of mountains and forests.

For more information contact office@theuiaa.org