UIAA Ethical Code & Kathmandu Declaration
The Alpine Club supports the work of the UIAA and has adopted the UIAA Ethical code and the Kathmandu Declaration.
The UIAA Ethical Code & Kathmandu Declaration
1. Protect effectively the mountain environment, its flora, its fauna and its natural resources.
2. Reduce the negative impact of man's activities.
3. Respect the cultural heritage & dignity of local populations.
4. Stimulate activities which restore & rehabilitate the mountains.
5. Encourage contacts between mountaineers of different countries, in a spirit of friendship, mutual respect & peace.
6. Make available all information and education necessary to improve the relationship between man and his environment.
7. Use only technology respecting the environment for energy needs and the disposal of waste.
8. Support developing mountain countries in efforts for the conservation of the environment.
9. Widen access to mountain regions unfettered by political considerations.
UIAA Ethical Code for Expeditions
1. Ensure all members of the team are aware of the regulations set bythe host country, the objectives of the Kathmandu Declaration, and the UIAA ethical code for expeditions.
2. To adopt a sporting approach to the expeditions objectives and not to use equipment or other resources out of proportion to these objectives.
3. To conduct the expedition in a way which maintains the safety of its members and especially those it employs.
4. Whenever possible to provide technical advice and training to members of the expedition from the host country.
5. To give an accurate report about the expedition to the appropriate bodies.
6. Not to use equipment and materials owned by other expeditions without permission, and be prepared to help local people or other expeditions if the need arises.
7. To leave the mountain environment as clean as possible at the end of the expedition.