Pure Project shortliste­d for pro­tec­tion award

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By 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.

A re­cent Pure clean-up in Glen­cree.

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