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  International Federation of Climbing and Mountaineering introduces the new Environmental Label


On behalf of the International Federation of Climbing and Mountaineering I would like to let you know about new UIAA Environmental Label.

What is it?

The UIAA Environmental Label has been introduced to promote high standards of conduct and responsible access for climbing and mountain activities. Any provider of organized mountain activities such as a training center, trekking or expedition organization, qualified instructor  or a guide who is prepared to support and act according to the UIAA’s Environmental Objectives and Guidelines can apply for the label.

Why do we need it?

Mountains are one of the world’s most important environments and tourist destinations. The beautiful peaks and landscapes are becoming increasingly attractive as a place of escape in a stressful world. Experience has shown that mountain tourism has a huge potential to help development, but care needs to be taken to avoid damaging impacts.  By following good practice it is possible to protect the fragile mountain ecosystems and the qualities that make these environments so alluring. Mountains are among the worlds most important repositories of biodiversity, yet construction, pollution and noise all threaten the precious asset. In order to protect mountains UIAA decided to establish the UIAA Environmental Label with the set of Environmental Objectives and Guidelines. We hope that all outdoor providers care about the future of mountains and they will help UIAA in the promotion of its specialist work to protect access for responsible mountain activities.

What are the benefits?

Environment label holders can use the UIAA Environment logo to demonstrate their commitment to internationally agreed good practice. To inform the  outdoor community and the UIAA’s 92 member associations in 68 countries the Environment label and label holders will be promoted in the UIAA journal and on a new dedicated and exclusive section of the UIAA website. Label holders will also have priority for other UIAA promotions, and can submit examples of environmental good practice to be highlighted on the website. 

How to apply?

Applications for the environment Label can be made on-line at www.uiaa.ch.  Once the application has been accepted the label holder will be sent the UIAA Environment label logo and guidelines for use in their own promotional publications, adverts and stationary.

 
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