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Sustainable Summits Conference
Golden, CO July 2014
Willkommen!
Bienvenue!
Welcome!
Bienvenido!
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Different approaches to sustainability in the
education and daily work of mountain guides
Willkommen!
Bienvenue!
Welcome!
...
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA
International Federation of
Mountain Guides
Associations
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
A short explanation of our organisation
• Founded 1965 in Switzerland by CH, F, I ...
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
Our “working place” – the mountains
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
Rockclimbing
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
Iceclimbing
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
High alpine climbing
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
Freeriding and skitouring
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
Trekking and expeditions
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
2014
23 full members worldwide + 5 aspirants countries
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
IFMGA – who we are
IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV
our aims for the next years
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
• Guarantee highest quality level ...
Sustainability
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
In his everyday work the mountain guide will always be in a
tension field between susta...
Sustainability
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Different
approaches to
sustainability
Social
aspects
Daily guides
work
Environmental
a...
Sustainability. Current projects
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Social aspects:
training aid in
developing
countries
example:
Nepal
T...
Sustainability. Current projects
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Environment:
Part of our ethic
code for
professional
guiding
The Alps...
IFMGA Code of Professional Conduct
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
• Article 4. Environment. A Guide encourages respect for the enviro...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Problems of to much touristic development – industry of mass tourism
G...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Guiding is regulated by law in most
alpine Countries
Only certified gu...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
• Gesetz über das Bergführerwesen (Bergführergesetz)
LGBl.Nr. 54/2002,...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
• he explores, respects and preserves the mountainous terrain and foll...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Examples for curricula in sustainable guiding –
Switzerland: Part of t...
Sustainable guiding in the Alps
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Options for success in the future of
our work as guides in the alps
Fo...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Problem for guides: Almost all interesting areas for guiding in USA or Canada are
in National Parks an...
Sustainable guiding in Northamerica
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Different Situation for guiding in
North America
No regulations ab...
Sustainable guiding in Northamerica
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Options for success in the future of
our work as guides in N-Ameri...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Problem: no reliable structures at all, no regulations, no consciousness about
environmental and susta...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Different Situation for guiding in
remote mountain areas
Consolidation of existing structures: Peru is...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Chances for future guiding in
countries with no or low structures
Every IFMGA guide working at trekkin...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Common structures for teaching in guides education and CPD:
The IFMGA manual for trekking and expediti...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Environmental travel is an important part of this manual
Sustainable guiding in remote
mountain areas ...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Conclusion
Coming from very different mountain ranges all over the world, the
IFMGA certified mountain...
08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
Thanks
In the name of all IFMGA guides organisations i want to thank the
organisators of the sustainab...
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Hanno Doenz - Environmental Practices of the International Federation of Mountain Guides.

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Hanno Doenz
Environmental Practices of the International Federation of Mountain Guides.

The foundation, history, and options in a mountain guide’s daily work vary widely across IFMGA member countries worldwide. Originally the IFMGA (a.k.a. UIAGM) started in Alpine countries, where there are few spaces without paths, cable cars, mountain huts, roads, and/or ski stations. Then the IFMGA expanded to North America where there are very structured regulations, especially in the national parks. Now the IFMGA also covers the very remote mountain ranges in South America and Central Asia. Due to this great variety, the work and the education of mountain guides has to follow diverse approaches to sustainability. Yet the goal is the same all over the world: to conserve the mountain areas for future generations, bearing in mind that these regions are also the base for the furtherance professional guiding.

Hanno Doenz, a former teacher and Austrian mountain guide for over 25 years, has been a member of the board of the guides’ association. In his two years as president of the IFMGA, his responsibility is to organize and coordinate guide education worldwide.

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Hanno Doenz - Environmental Practices of the International Federation of Mountain Guides.

  1. 1. Sustainable Summits Conference Golden, CO July 2014 Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Bienvenido! 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  2. 2. Different approaches to sustainability in the education and daily work of mountain guides Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Bienvenido! 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  3. 3. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  4. 4. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD IFMGA International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations
  5. 5. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV A short explanation of our organisation • Founded 1965 in Switzerland by CH, F, I and A guides • Common platform for the guides education • Common platform of skills for certified guides • Common Code of Professional Conduct • Providing access to mountain areas and reciprocity rights for working in all member countries 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  6. 6. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV Our “working place” – the mountains 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  7. 7. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV Rockclimbing 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  8. 8. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV Iceclimbing 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  9. 9. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV High alpine climbing 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  10. 10. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV Freeriding and skitouring 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  11. 11. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV Trekking and expeditions 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  12. 12. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV 2014 23 full members worldwide + 5 aspirants countries 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD
  13. 13. IFMGA – who we are IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV our aims for the next years 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD • Guarantee highest quality level in education and certification of new guides • Force current professional development programs for certified guides • Help interested countries to develope their autonomous programs in training and certifying guides and joining then the IFMGA • Assist national guides associations in legal standing in their countries, regarding recognition of their certifications, acces to work in the mountains (eg national parks…) and giving reciprocal rights to other IFMGA guides • Assist all associations in developing sustainable practises in guides education and everyday working
  14. 14. Sustainability 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD In his everyday work the mountain guide will always be in a tension field between sustainable practise and economic needs So the goal will be, to find a compromise to preserve the mountains also as a working field for future generations
  15. 15. Sustainability 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Different approaches to sustainability Social aspects Daily guides work Environmental aspects Education of guides
  16. 16. Sustainability. Current projects 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Social aspects: training aid in developing countries example: Nepal Train the local guides on the highest level Autonomy in training and administration Chance of a better income, insurance, selfconfidence… example: Eastern Europe Trying to get them together in one trainingsystem example: South America Train the trainers improving quality of existing systems
  17. 17. Sustainability. Current projects 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Environment: Part of our ethic code for professional guiding The Alps Regulations in National and Regional laws, Political influence Curricula in the different national training systems Part of the current professional development programs North America Highly regulated systems in National Parks Cooperation with AMGA and ACMG, contacts to National Park Services in USA + CAN remote mountain aereas South America, Asia.. Guides education and developing common rules for guides work Cooperation with guides Association and governments, National Parks..
  18. 18. IFMGA Code of Professional Conduct 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD • Article 4. Environment. A Guide encourages respect for the environment through advice and personal example. • Article 6. Field of Competence. • A Guide’s Field of Competence includes the core skills of all mountain disciplines in all seasons, in all environments, worldwide; on foot, ski or snowboard; the climbing of rock, snow and ice indoors and out; and related activities carried out in other industries associated with and appropriate to a Guide’s skills and training • A Guide advises, coaches, instructs and leads clients • Article 7. General Obligations. A Guide upholds the status of the profession and is mindful of the consequent obligations and issues of professional integrity at all times. • Article 10. Ratios. When working with clients, a Guide decides the appropriate number of participants taking into account safety, the terms of the engagement, any customs as to ratios, and any regulation or legislation observed by local guides. Where it exists, the established practice of local IFMGA Guides is followed. This Code of Professional Conduct outlines the roles and obligations of a Mountain Guide in the execution of his/her profession. Our ethic rules for guiding
  19. 19. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Problems of to much touristic development – industry of mass tourism Guiding is just a very small part – lack of political influence Startingpoint for sustainable guiding in the alps
  20. 20. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Guiding is regulated by law in most alpine Countries Only certified guides are allowed to guide education and certification is ruled by governments on the base of the common platform of the IFMGA Sustainable practice in guiding is forced and controlled by law and is part of curricula and CPD. High standard is granted by the competent authorities and the guides associations. Guides have to obey the rules and are accepted therefore in all different countries for their professional work and their care for security of the clients and for the environment
  21. 21. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD • Gesetz über das Bergführerwesen (Bergführergesetz) LGBl.Nr. 54/2002, 27/2005, 15/2006, 12/2010 •1. Abschnitt Allgemeine Bestimmungen •§ 11) Geltungsbereich • (1) Dieses Gesetz regelt die Tätigkeit als Führer und Begleiter bei Bergtouren und Canyoning-Touren (Schluchtentouren) sowie die Erteilung von Unterricht in den für Bergtouren und Canyoning-Touren erforderlichen Fertigkeiten und Kenntnissen. •(2) Dieses Gesetz gilt nicht für •a) das Führen, Begleiten und Unterrichten, wie es gelegentlich üblicherweise ohne jede Art von Entgelt im Familien- und Freundeskreis erfolgt, •b) dienstliche Tätigkeiten im Bundesheer, bei Wachkörpern und anerkannten Rettungsorganisationen, •c) das Führen, Begleiten und Unterrichten von Schulen durch fachlich befähigte Lehrkräfte und das Führen, Begleiten und Unterrichten im Rahmen der Fortbildung von Lehrern, •d) die Tätigkeit von Schischulen, • …. • § 2 Begriffe •(1) Im Sinne dieses Gesetzes ist • a) Bergführer, wer berechtigt ist, sich als Führer oder Begleiter bei Bergtouren (einschließlich Schitouren) zu betätigen, • b) Canyoning-Führer, wer berechtigt ist, sich als Führer oder Begleiter bei Canyoning-Touren zu betätigen, • c) Wanderführer, wer berechtigt ist, sich als Führer oder Begleiter bei Bergtouren gemäß § 28 zu betätigen, • d) Bergsteigerschule eine Einrichtung für den Unterricht in den für Bergtouren und Canyoning-Touren erforderlichen Fertigkeiten und Kenntnissen einschließlich des Schibergsteigens • …. • .§ 502) • Strafen •(1) Eine Übertretung begeht, wer • sich als Führer oder Begleiter bei Bergtouren oder bei Canyoning-Touren betätigt, ohne nach diesem Gesetz hiezu berechtigt zu sein, • einer Aufforderung nach § 1 Abs. 3 nicht nachkommt, • sich entgegen dem § 3 als Bergführer, entgegen dem § 21 als Canyoning-Führer oder entgegen dem § 29 als Wanderführer ausgibt, • als Bergführer einer Verpflichtung gemäß den §§ 9 Abs. 2, 10 Abs. 1 und 2, 12 Abs. 2 und 3, 13, 14 Abs. 1, 17 Abs. 4 oder 18 nicht entspricht, • …. Examples for laws regulating guiding – Austria Mountain guides law Who is a Mountain guide? Fines for illegal guiding Fines for Mountain guides not obeying the law…
  22. 22. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD • he explores, respects and preserves the mountainous terrain and follows the administrative and legal restrictions which concern the area. • he attends actions which support the mountaineering activities, especially concerning the use of the mountainous terrain. This happens in collaboration with the responsible offices, which are for example the public authorities, partner institutions and recognized associations with a public use. • he conceives, manages, installs, assesses and plans the use of the areas for mountaineering and its related activities, especially of climbing areas. This happens in close collaboration with the public authorities, partner institutions and associations. • he sensitizes the public concerning the respect towards the mountainous area. • he promotes mountaineering and its related activities taking care of the respect towards the mountainous area. • he consults different people concerning the specific equipment, be it personal or collective, permanently installed or mobile. Examples for laws regulating sustainable guiding – France Duties of a guide
  23. 23. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Examples for curricula in sustainable guiding – Switzerland: Part of the training program Contents of the education in the subjects concerning Nature, Environment and sustainable Practise Duration of this modules and Examination for obtaininmg the diploma
  24. 24. Sustainable guiding in the Alps 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Options for success in the future of our work as guides in the alps Following the rules of guiding, especially in sensible regions like national parks and natural conservation areas. Using our educational influence also with clients in regarding low ratios, avoiding unnecessary individual traffic, non entering restricted zones… Forcing special modules in education and CPD of guides to raise awareness that we have to conserve the mountain areas for future generations, bearing in mind that these regions are also the base for the furtherance professional guiding. Cooperation with Alpine clubs and other NGOs to gain political influence in stopping further demolition of alpine nature with power plants, ski stations, roads…
  25. 25. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Problem for guides: Almost all interesting areas for guiding in USA or Canada are in National Parks and very strict rules prevent the work of IFMGA guides there. Startingpoint for sustainable guiding in Northamerica Sustainable guiding in Northamerica
  26. 26. Sustainable guiding in Northamerica 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Different Situation for guiding in North America No regulations about education and certification of guides by law. Very strict regulations about mountaneering in general and especially for access to guiding in National Parks A good base for conservation of sensible Nature throughout long experience of National Park services. Also a perfect base for cooperation with national and international guides associations. A chance also for guides, prooving that they are not typical commercial users of the nature but stand for for environmental stewardship and wilderness ethics. Scott Massey will tell us more about the US guiding.
  27. 27. Sustainable guiding in Northamerica 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Options for success in the future of our work as guides in N-America Cooperation with the national guides associations AMGA and ACMG to learn more about the regulations of gaining acces to work in these sensible regions. Perhaps coming also to reciprocity right in future. Cooperation and Collaboration with US and Canadian National Park Services to achieve possibilities for international certified mountain guides to guide also in National parks (eg the IFMGA expedition workshop on Denali 2013) Issue of international guidelines for curricula in guides training and CPD about guiding in remote areas and parks following results of the Denali expedition workshop 2013
  28. 28. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Problem: no reliable structures at all, no regulations, no consciousness about environmental and sustainable practises Startingpoint for sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas Sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas (S-America, Asia…) Money rules…
  29. 29. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Different Situation for guiding in remote mountain areas Consolidation of existing structures: Peru is improving the education standard with help from IFMGA, sustainable practise in training helped to achieve access for all IFMGA guides to Huascaran National Park Setup of new strucures: Nepal is an IFMGA member country since three years, that helps to achieve sutainability for Nepalese guides in environmental practises and better social structures for the guides, not being so much dependent of commercial companies in future. Setup of new structures: we are working together with some interested countries (Kyrgistan, Ecuador…) who want to reach the high level for certifying guides in future. We have the responsibility to teach them the importance of sustainable structures. Sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas (S-America, Asia…)
  30. 30. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Chances for future guiding in countries with no or low structures Every IFMGA guide working at trekkings and expeditions in these countries has the high responsibility to show the difference between the professional work of certified guides and others and should have the consciousness of being an example for all other mountaineers. All national guides associations have to use the manual for expedition and trekking for teaching their guides in sustainable practises for guiding trekkings and expeditions, special CPD has been set up for guides working on trekking and expedition in extreme environment. The IFMGA commisions has to help local guides organisations in developing sustainable structures for training new guides and administer the institution of a guides association. Giving them the aid for setting up autonomous work on high standard. Sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas (S-America, Asia…)
  31. 31. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Common structures for teaching in guides education and CPD: The IFMGA manual for trekking and expedition Sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas (S-America, Asia…)
  32. 32. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Environmental travel is an important part of this manual Sustainable guiding in remote mountain areas (S-America, Asia…)
  33. 33. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Conclusion Coming from very different mountain ranges all over the world, the IFMGA certified mountain guides and their association follow very different approaches to environmental practises in their education and their everyday work with clients in the mountains. The work of mountain guides is different to other commercial users of the alpine environment. The guides can never be part of mass tourism industry and he has to be a model for his clients and all other mountaineers in his behavior in the sensitive mountain aereas. Yet the goal has to be the same all over the world. We have to conserve the mountain areas for future generations, bearing in mind that these regions are also the base for the furtherance professional guiding. Sustainable guiding
  34. 34. 08/01/2017 IFMGA HD Thanks In the name of all IFMGA guides organisations i want to thank the organisators of the sustainable summits conference to give me a possibility to present the guides view to sustainable practisíng in guides work. Thanks to all of you helping together to conserve the beautyness of the mountains for future generations. Sustainable guiding

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