Monday 26 August 2019

Pure Project shortlisted for Protection Award

A recent Pure clean-up in Glencree
A recent Pure clean-up in Glencree

Myles Buchanan

The Pure Project has been shortlisted for the seventh International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Mountain Protection Award 2019.

The UIAA Mountain Protection Commission has published the list of projects to be showcased as part of the 2019 UIAA Mountain Protection Award after a six-month application and assessment process.

The final list of nominees comprises 12 high-quality projects operational across all corners of the globe, including Nepal, Switzerland, Iran, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Projects include those supported, or run, by UIAA member associations or by for profit and non-profit organisations. Most of the nominees are currently ongoing projects and all have a commitment to protecting the future of the mountain environment, engaging in waste management projects, protection of the environment through culture and education, biodiversity and conservations projects, and engaging climbers and mountaineers as part of that process.

Addressing Pure's nomination, Director of the Pure Project, Ian Davis said: 'I am delighted that Pure has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It's also fantastic that all of the volunteers of the Pure Mile are receiving the recognition that they deserve. They dedicate so much time, energy, and commitment, to improving and enhancing the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands.'

Overall there will be four prizes on offer. The award winner will receive $5,000 and will be announced, with the runner-up and best new initiative, at the UIAA General Assembly in Cyprus on 2 November. A fourth prize is the new Community Award, which will be run through the UIAA Facebook channel, and recognise the project which creates the highest engagement. All projects will be showcased on the UIAA website and social media channels.

Bray People