Commissions

Environmental and Access Commission
 
Leif Inge Magnussen (President/NORTIND/Norway)
Angela Hawse (AMGA/USA)
Juliana Garcia (ASEGUIM/Ecuador)
Mark Charlton (BMC/United Kingdom)
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The Environmental and Access Commission (constituted in Kathmandu 2017) works to strengthen both sustainable travel and work and the rights of professional mountain guides to work and access all alpine terrain. The commission works closely with other international and governmental organizations such as the UIAA to achieve these goals.
 
Our work is driven by the following principles:
 
• The natural environment is important to all humans
• Access to the world’s mountains is of importance to professional mountain guides
• Nature is the basis of both human existence and all mountain guiding
• The spirit of the mountains provides both guests and guides with profound psychological experiences that can shape their identity
• It is vital to maintain mountain environments and genuine wilderness experiences for future generations of mountaineers
• The need to protect and conserve mountains from further unnecessary human impact
 
The IFMGA Code of Conduct states, "The mountain guide should respect the conservation of nature.” In line with this directive, the IFMGA Environmental and Access Commission recommends that all IFMGA member associations adopt the IFMGA Environmental Platform into their training schemes:
 
1   Guides are responsible for protecting the mountain environment
2   Guides educate their clients on care and respect for nature
3   Guides plan their excursions to reduce impacts to the environment
4   Guides are responsible for removing waste from their excursions
5   Guides are advocates of the history and culture of mountain life
6   Guides minimize impact on flora and fauna, including wildlife
7   Guides respect local traditions and ethics in all mountain regions
8   Guides are role models for all mountain visitors in regards to stewardship
 
Adopted with collaboration from the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission