Mountain Summit launch
Announced by the IOC to mark International Mountain Day
Posted on 13.12.2019
TO MARK INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) HAS TODAY ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF THE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT – A GROUP OF SPORTS ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WORLD’S MOUNTAINS AND COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THEM.
The group currently includes 11 members – organisations engaged in sports that are practised in or around mountains. Their aim is to assess and minimise the negative impact of sports activities on mountain environments, and leverage the power of sport to raise awareness about the importance of these environments.
“Mountains are less often in the spotlight than oceans when we talk about the environment, and yet they face serious threats from a wide range of human activities,” said Marie Sallois, Director for Sustainability at the IOC. “By launching the Mountain Summit, we hope to facilitate exchanges of best practices and support the sports community in accessing the knowledge and tools needed to minimise the negative impacts sport can have on mountains, and maximise opportunities to raise public awareness about the threats they face.”
The group’s initial focus will be to produce a guide on how to organise sustainable events in mountain environments, applicable to all mountain sports. The group will also create a list of “top tips” on how to protect mountains for those who enjoy them for recreational purposes.
The work will be led by the IOC, joining forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Mountain Heroes campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting mountain environments by engaging athletes dedicated to the cause.
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