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ASSESSMENT AND AWARD TEAM

The Assessment and Award Team coordinates the review and approval/denial of applications of mountain protection initiatives. The Assessment Team is composed of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission members as well as external Experts (specialists and academics in environment/mountain protection issues). The Sponsor(s) or Donor(s) will be part of the team during the Award selection process.

Each application will be assessed by a pair of assessors comprised of one Commission Member and one external Expert, appointed by the Commission president. This working pair will inform the rest of the Team about their findings and assessment of the proposed mountain protection project.

At the end of the year, the Assessment and Award team will gather all documents related to the Mountain protection actors activities and review them. The result of the selection will be announced on 15th March of each year.

TEAM

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    Rodney Garrard

    PhD Candidate CDE, Bern

    Rodney has been a member of the Mountain Protection Commission since 2009. Rodney is helping the UIAA to lead in the area of sustainable mountain ecotourism.

    NCCR North-South Research Associate Research focus: Sustainable Mountain Development. Mountain Ecosystem Services. Landscape Dynamics in Mountain Regions.  Current case study location: Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, Khumbu, Nepal. Field experience: The Southern Alps (New Zealand), Andes (Peru), Himalayas (Nepal), Swiss Alps.

    Rodney has been a member of the Mountain Protection Commission since 2009. As an academic, expert, and adviser on responsible mountain tourism and  sustainable development, Rodney  is helping the UIAA to lead in the area of sustainable mountain ecotourism.

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    Linda McMillan

    MBA, San Francisco

    Linda has decades of expertise in bringing together science, sport, and tourism to protect mountain regions by working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature

    Linda is a business consultant and mountain conservationist who lives near San Francisco, California (US). She has decades of expertise in bringing together science, sport, and tourism to protect mountain regions by working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), US National Park Service, and the US Forest Service.

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    Carolina Adler

    Geographer and Environmental Scientist

    Carlina's ongoing research work centre on problem-oriented approaches that clarify on how science can best serve policy and society in dealing with the effects and challenges of global change.

    Carolina Adler is a Geographer and Environmental Scientist with over fifteen years of professional experience in the public and private sectors both in Australia and internationally. Earlier in 2010, she completed an award-winning PhD on climate change adaptation in which she specifically looked at climate and global environmental change impacts, risks, resilience, values, vulnerability, and adaptation in mountain regions.
    Her ongoing research work as Research Fellow centre on problem-oriented approaches that clarify on how science can best serve policy and society in dealing with the effects and challenges of global change.

    http://www.envphil.ethz.ch/people/adlerc

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    Mihai Constantinescu

    PhD in system engineering

    Mihai is active in the promotion of projects on Romanian protected areas, educational activities related to mountain protection and the organisation of conferences on environmental issues.

    Mihai Constantinescu is doing a PhD in system engineering in relation to ecological issues. As a member of the Romanian Alpine Club and the association "Natura Transilvaniei", he is active in the promotion of projects on Romanian protected areas, educational activities related to mountain protection and the organisation of conferences on environmental issues.

    http://mihaic.blogspot.com

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    Maretha Alant

    Environmental Planner

    Maretha Alant is the Environmental Planner for the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) in South Africa.

    Maretha Alant is the Environmental Planner for the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) in South Africa.  Current projects include establishing mountain catchment to sea corridors in buffer zones of the GRNP, commenting on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in Mountain areas in South Africa and in buffer zones of the GRNP and undertaking GIS based Connectivity Assessments towards better understanding ecosystem responses to increasing landscape transformation and climate change.      

    maretha.alant@sanparks.org

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    Alton C. Byers

    Ph.D. - Director of Science and Exploration

    Alton C. a mountain geographer and climber specializing in applied research, climate change impacts in high mountain regions, and alpine conservation and restoration programs.

    Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is Director of Science and Exploration at The Mountain Institute.  He is a mountain geographer and climber specializing in applied research, climate change impacts in high mountain regions, and alpine conservation and restoration programs.  He currently serves as Co-Manager of the USAID-funded High Mountain Glacial Watershed Program that seeks to strengthen scientific, social, and institutional capacity for the management of dangerous glacial lakes throughout the world.

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    Dr. Greg Greenwood

    Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative

    Dr. Greg Greenwood has promoted the expansion of global change research in mountains at the global level through workshops on topics of key interest to the mountain community.

    Dr. Greg Greenwood has been Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), an international project office focused on global change research in mountains worldwide, since 2004. As Director, he has promoted the expansion of global change research in mountains at the global level through workshops on topics of key interest to the mountain community, through networking events, traditional media and new media communication channels, and through collaboration with other research networks and organizations focused on sustainable mountain development.

    Prior to MRI, he served as Science Advisor to the Resources Secretary of California and Climate and Bioenergy Advisor for the California Department of Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, an M.S. in Range Science from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College.

    He counts his time at the State of California as his post-doc in political reality. He is familiar with the Northern Appalachians, the Colorado Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and Cascades on the Pacific Coast, the Swiss Alps, the Highlands of Western Cameroon, and selected portions of Tibet, the Karakorum and the Himalaya.

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    Jon Miceler

    Ecotourism company founder

    Jon Miceler has studied and worked throughout the Himalayas and mountains of central Asia since first landing in Nepal as a university student in 1988.

    Jon Miceler has studied and worked throughout the Himalaya and mountains of central Asia since first landing in Nepal as a university student in 1988. Beginning in the early 1990s, he founded several ecotourism companies based in China, India and Myanmar. Ecotourism enabled Jon to undertake years of exploration and mountaineering in every corner of the Himalaya from Pakistan to Bhutan and Tibet. It also facilitated a deep understanding of complex pressures contributing to rapid environmental degradation throughout the region. This experience led Jon to eventually found his own organization focused on environmental conservation at the tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar. This work segued seamlessly into his current position as WWF’s Managing Director for the Eastern Himalayas program.

    Ideas of cultural connectivity and trans-boundary conservation inherent in WWF’s Sacred Himalayan Landscape initiative resonate completely with Jon’s own vision of an integrated social and ecological eastern Himalayan conservation complex involving India, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar.

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    Marjorie van Strien

    Tourism specialist for the ICIMOD

    Marjorie van Strien is a tourism specialist for the ICIMOD. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she has worked as a tourism expert for international development organizations.

    Marjorie van Strien is a tourism specialist for the International Centre of Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Prior to joining ICIMOD, she has worked as a tourism expert for international development organizations, including SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and UN World Tourism Organisation, as well as different non-governmental organizations in various countries in South and South-East Asia, South America and Europe.

    This work has involved tourism-related research, project planning and implementation, stakeholder collaboration and sector coordination, and has been focused on policy advisory, responsible business and enterprise development, sustainable destination planning and development and vocational education strengthening. Beforehand, she has been Executive Manager of a luxury boutique hotel in the Netherlands.

     Marjorie can be reached by telephone at +977 15 003 222 or by e-mail at mstrien@icimod.org

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    Gabriela Wülser

    Environmental and sustainability scientist

    Gabriela Wülser has completed a PhD in the Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich. Her current topic covers “Structuring the Science-policy Nexus in Sustainability Research”.

    Gabriela Wülser is an Environmental Scientist by training. Her interests reach from critically reflecting on sustainability conceptions and problems for supporting project development to testing innovative tools that facilitate fruitful collaboration, knowledge co-production, mutual inspiration and learning.

    In 2013 she completed her PhD study at ETH Zurich on conceptual requirements and current practices of orientating research for sustainable development to actual real world issues.

    She currently works at the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in Bern, where she manages the Swiss national Sustainable Development at Universities Programme, amongst other things.

     

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    Stéphane Lozac'hmeur

    Project Manager, Fondation Petzl, France

    Stéphane joined the Petzl Foundation in October 2007 having worked for five years in the Petzl company’s communication department.

    Stéphane joined the Petzl Foundation in October 2007 having worked for five years in the Petzl company’s communication department.

    Today, as a project Manager, Stéphane deals with all the projects supported by the foundation. Every year, the Petzl Foundation supports environmental conservation projects that are related to Petzl’s main area of expertise: mountain and vertical terrain.

    More than providing just funding, we offer practical assistance to all of the organizations we support. www.petzl-foundation.org

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