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UIAA Mountain Protection Award 2016

UIAA Mountain Protection Award 2016 is closed now and submissions under review.

Follow the new initiatives on our home page and social media.

For more information read our overview, objectives and requirements in how does it work.

How can we preserve and protect our precious mountain ecosystems and cultures in the 21st century?
By promoting responsible mountain tourism and supporting key stakeholders active in mountain protection.

The UIAA Mountain Protection Award is two-fold:

  • It serves as a crowdsourcing platform, whereby showcased initiatives can solicit funds and be promoted through this site as well as through the UIAA federations’ network (www.theuiaa.org).
  • It promotes international recognition via its annual Prize award for the best initiative. The Award winner receives a Prize in the form of a cash grant and is invited to present its activities at the UIAA General Assembly.

The 2015 UIAA Mountain Protection Award Winner was selected!

Read more on the 2015 award page.

Projects in 2016

  • Central Asia Travel organises annual Clean up prize and campaign on Peak Lenin's slopes

    Keep Snow Clear on Peak Lenin

    August 3rd 2016

    Central Asia Travel organises every year Clean up prize and campaign on Peak Lenin's slopes, encouraging mountaineers to protect the area.

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  • The Vestini Transhumance Route, building an ecomuseum in the Aquila Mountain province.

    Vestini Transhumance Route project

    July 26th 2016

    Salviamo La Piana association develops a project which will help promoting the natural and cultural heritage of the area and sustainable practices.

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  • Copper Canyon tour agency connects visitors with Indian communities and their challenges

    Helping Indian communities in Mexico

    July 26th 2016

    Eco-AlterNATIVE Tours connects tourists with local communities, presenting their cultural traditions and the environment challenges they face today.

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  • Rediscovering summer villages and promoting organic mountain products through adventure tours

    Ecotourism in Montenegro

    July 26th 2016

    Eco-Tours agency organises adventure activities in remote northern Montenegro, while preserving local traditions and helping inhabitants.

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  • Everest Recycling Challenge

    Everest Recycling Challenge

    July 26th 2016

    The Recycling Challenge association focuses on recycling and selling garbage from the Himalayas for the benefit of local families who will improve their lives.

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  • Association SinHuella helps restoring climbing areas and educates about forest conservation

    Conservation of climbing sectors in "El Manzano"

    July 26th 2016

    Association SinHuella helps restoring climbing areas and educates about forest conservation and sustainable environment behaviour.

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  • Chattanooga Climbing Conservation Initiative, a climbing stewardship and community development model

    Chattanooga Climbing Conservation

    July 26th 2016

    Creating a new climbing resource conservation model, in partnership with local owners and civic community.

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  • Social media helping environmental awareness among adventure visitors and locals in Mongolia

    Wilderness Conservation Adventure

    July 26th 2016

    Stone Horse Expeditions provides education adventure experiences for visitors with the collaboration of national parks.

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  • Promoting environment protection in the Greek tourism market through culture and education

    Responsible travel and tourism in Greece

    July 25th 2016

    Ecotourism Greece promotes sustainable tourism and the need for an environmental consciousness through education projects and cultural events.

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  • Supporting environmental conservation of glaciers and trails in Gilgit-Baltistan through cleaning expeditions

    "Sustain Baltoro" Cleanup Expeditions

    July 25th 2016

    High Altitude Sustainability Pakistan organises clean up expeditions with local communities and focuses on raising awareness and recycling solutions.

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  • Mountain biodiversity and flagship species conservation worldwide

    Flagship species conservation through expeditions

    July 19th 2016

    Biosphere Expeditions promotes sustainable biodiversity conservation by forging alliances between scientists and the public, through the organisation of expeditions.

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  • Conservation and Development Initiative in Khaptad National Park

    Biodiversity-oriented local tourism in Khaptad National Park

    June 7th 2016

    Nepalese Tourism Development Society develops trekking routes and local opportunities while raising better understanding of biodiversity richness of national protected area.

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  • Concrete actions to reduce waste by mountain practitioners, the LIMO project in Azerbaijan

    Less in More Out garbage policy in Azerbaijan’s mountains

    June 7th 2016

    Mountaineering Federation FAIREX has started since 2013 concrete actions to sensitize and involve alpinists and trekkers to reduce and remove their waste.

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  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Brown Bear as a Conservation Tool in the Rodopi Mountains

    Using local traditional ecological knowledge in Rodopi Mountains

    June 7th 2016

    Organisation Wild Rodopi uses an ethno-biological approach to set up a bear conservation project to collect data and build a sustainable bear-focused ecotourism project.

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  • Supporting the environment protection of the Andes mountain and the education of young local guides

    Local guides training course and ethical expeditions in the Andes

    May 14th 2016

    Social enterprise Project Cordillera share its passion for mountains by providing high-quality sustainable expeditions and training locals to mountaineering and environment protection.

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  • Obsolete facilities removal organised by Mountain Wilderness France

    Obsolete facilities project in French-Italian National Parks

    May 14th 2016

    Removing cables and war remnants to restore natural habitat and protect endangered species, the pioneer action of Mountain Wilderness France.

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  • Increasing comprehensive knowledge about mountain issues, the initiative proposed by the Mountaineering and Sport climbing Federation of Iran

    An example of Environment Course for Mountaineers, Iran

    May 14th 2016

    Mountaineering and Sport climbing Federation of Iran organizes each year a one day course about environment issues and efficient protection.

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  • Chi Phat Community-Based Ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountain Range, Cambodia

    Preserving Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia

    May 14th 2016

    Chi Phat Community-Based Ecotourism has succeeded developing a holistic model of forest protection, reforestation, alternative livelihoods, wildlife re-wildling, and conservation education.

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  • Mt. Everest Biogas Project

    Mt. Everest Biogas Project

    May 14th 2016

    Using biogas digesters technology in extreme conditions, the collaborative work of volunteer engineers with local communities of Gorak Shep.

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  • The social, cultural and technical approach of the Mountain Cultural Centre in Arequipa.

    The holistic approach of the Mountain Cultural Center

    May 14th 2016

    Peruvian centre goes beyond traditional mountaineering and climbing training courses by focusing on environment friendly behaviours and therapy.

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  • Promoting sustainable waste management and cleanliness in the Bhagsunag mountains

    Indian mountains waste management program

    May 14th 2016

    The compelling example of Waste Warriors in India with its setting up of a whole waste management network and its impact on changing local habits and prejudices.

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  • Mount Kenya Trust is engaged against illegal activities and in increasing awareness and conservation education within the local communities

    Wildlife and Awareness on Mount Kenya

    May 12th 2016

    Mount Kenya Trust prevents snaring and poaching and is active in training about protection of fauna and flora of Mount Kenya area.

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  • Lobbying for the preservation of the Nilgiri mountains’ biodiversity and cultural heritage

    Save Nilgiris Campaign and Historical Museum

    May 12th 2016

    A dedicated mission to raise awareness and knowledge and advocate for protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Nilgiri mountains and its people.

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