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The 4th Sustainable Summits Conference – Chamonix 2018

From 12 to 14 of June 2018, Chamonix welcomed the 4th Sustainable Summits Conference. For three days, land managers, researchers, representatives from NGOs and non-profit organizations, outdoor companies, guides and mountaineers from around the world shared their knowledge and experience and propose solutions for the future of our high mountains, focusing on the following three themes :
  • What roles do the high mountains play in today’s societies
  • Climate change, the high mountains on the front line
  • Human activities ine the high mountains : impacts and solutions
See below the videos of the 31 conferences.

JUNE 2017  •  Updated in June 2018

3 days / 3 themes - 35 speakers - 280 participants
The Sustainable Summits Conference was born in the USA in 2010 to raise awareness of the impacts of human behavior on the Denali glaciers in Alaska. In 2014, it moved to Colorado, then to Mount Cook in New Zealand in 2016. The fourth edition in 2018 aims to continue on from the founders' original concept, while introducing new themes. For three days, managers of high mountain sites, mountaineers, researchers and representatives from charity organizations and innovative companies from around the world will be getting together in Chamonix. They will be sharing their experiences and proposing solutions for the future of our high mountains according to three themes.


Our ambitions

  • To help this conference to become a fundamental international meeting place to discuss the future of our high mountain regions
  • To boost awareness of the vulnerability of the high mountains, a common good for humanity
  • To define firm commitments to protect these exceptional areas




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3 days / 3 themes

Tuesday 12 June
What role do high altitude areas play in today's societies?
The high mountain regions are among the last remaining areas on the planet where we can confront alterity, experience otherness. Such areas fascinate and transform us, opening new horizons. How useful are the mountains socially speaking? How can we ensure respect of the local populations? How to find the middle ground between strict regulations and free access for everyone for the management of these high mountain regions, etc.


Opening of the Fourth Sustainable Summits Conference

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Éric Fournier, Roger Robinson & Ellen Lapham


The imaginary, the sacred and the cultural

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Te Ngaehe Wanikau & Allan Munn - Respecting Sacred Mountains, the importance of the cultural values of mountains in the Maori culture

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Bernard Debarbieux - The high mountains: new political concepts

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Questions & answers


Social values in the high mountains

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Hugues Chardonnet - Sharing the high mountains with the poorest populations


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Young researchers in the limelight

See the posters below

How practices have evolved

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Philippe Bourdeau - The dynamics and future of high mountain activities in the Alps

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Dani Bach - How has mountain social media altered our relationship with the high mountains?

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Questions & answers

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Lionel Habasque - The view of a tour operator specializing in adventure travel

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Blaise Agresti - How has marketing and advertising by outdoor brands transformed the way in which activities are practised and represented?

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Questions & answers


The high mountains, a shared heritage

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Julien Charon - The Ecrins National Park’s mountaineering agreement, a shared ethical approach to managing mountain facilities

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Majda Odar - the environmental impact of visitors to Slovenia highest mountain

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Jacques Félix Faure - Refuges: joyful frugality and simplicity to generate social interaction

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Questions & answers


Wednesday 13 June
Climate change: the high mountains on the front line
Rock falls, shrinking glaciers, melting permafrost, changes in high altitude biodiversity: the high mountains are at the forefront of climate change. What can be done in the field to cope with the consequences of climate change? How will climate change affect mountaineering and skiing activities? How can we limit the carbon footprint of our leisure activities?


Climate change in high mountains: field experiences and practical solutions

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Ludovic Ravanel - Climate change and the stability of high-altitude rock faces.

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Luc Moreau - The secrets of the Mer de Glace, the glacier and its alteration from the Montenvers

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Questions & answers

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Irène Alvarez & Brad Carlson - Changes in the natural habitats of high mountain areas: from research to citizen involvement

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Claude Jacot - Managing access to the high mountains in a context of receding glaciers: the examples of the Mer de Glace and its refuges

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Marta Gavalgno - Climatic extreme events in the Aosta Valley

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Questions & answers


Climate change and glacial retreat

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Wolfgang Cramer - Climate and land use change in mountain regions: attributing observed changes and assessing risks for the future

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Bernard Francou - The acceleration of ice melt in the world’s mountains

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Questions & answers

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Sébastien Lavergne - The stakes of climate change in high-altitude alpine environments and ecological dynamics

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John All - Climate Change and local mountain people: tourism and traditional livelihoods

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Questions & answers


Natural hazards and accidentology

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Philippe Descamps - Reduce the risks on Mont Blanc

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Pascal Stoebener - Monitoring dangerous glaciers in Valais – concrete examples.

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Questions & answers


Thursday 14 June
Human activities in the high mountains: impacts and solutions
The growing number of visitors to the legendary summits represents a threat to their environment and actually ruins the experience sought by these same visitors. How to manage waste and toilets at high altitude?  To what extent should the mountain regions be equipped? How to reduce accidents on the legendary summits? How to behave responsibly to minimize our impact?


The company, a key player in innovation for the future of high mountains

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Paul Petzl


Human waste pack-out systems in high mountain regions
How to manage Human waste in high mountains and expedition? Examples in North America and Nepal

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Roger Robinson

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Louis Ortego

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John Cocks

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Dawa Steven Sherpa

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Questions & answers

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Björn Alfthan & Matthias Jurek - No time to waste for the mountains!

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Anne Roches - The treatment of old tips around the cabins of the Swiss Alpine Club

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Francine Brondex - Obsolete facilities: a collective human adventure and a unifying solution to military and tourist waste in the high mountains

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Questions & answers


How to develop a high mountain policy based on field experience?

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Carolina Adler - The mountaineering community as change agents

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Ellen Lapham - Is success assured?

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Irena Mrak - Human impacts at the highest elevations: the case of the Baltoro Glacier


Rising visitor numbers: impacts and solutions

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Mathieu Dechavanne - Access into the Mont-Blanc massif from the point of view of a ski lift company

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Dave Bamford - Managing the impacts of rapid tourism growth in New Zealand's Alpine National Parks

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Dawa Steven Sherpa - Strategies to minimise our environmental impacts in the Everest region

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Questions & answers


Closure of the conference

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Eric de Kermel & Fred Marat

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Nicolas Hulot

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Dawa Steven Sherpa & Lisa Choegal






Speakers

Our speakers are managers of high mountain sites, mountaineers, researchers, ecologists, representatives of charity associations or innovative companies. Over the three days, they will be sharing their experiences and discussing solutions to preserve and protect the high mountain regions of the world.

Wolfgang
Cramer
Bernard
Debarbieux
Roger
Robinson
Carolina
Adler
Ellen
Lapham
Bernard
Francou
Irène
Alvarez
Brad
Carlson
Julien
Charron
Luc
Moreau
Ludovic
Ravanel
John
All
Sébastien
Lavergne
Blaise
Agresti
Francine
Brondex
Jacques
Felix-Faure
Irena
Mrak
Björn
Alfthan
Matthias
Georg Jurek
Dawa
Steven
Sherpa
Dave
Bamford
Pascal
Stoebener
Lionel
Habasque
Marta
Galvagno
Te Ngaehe
Wanikau
Philippe
Bourdeau
Majda
Odar
Huges
Chardonnet
Philippe
Descamps
Dani
Bach
Paul
Petzl
Anne
Roches
Mathieu
Dechavanne
Louis
Ortego
Allan
Munn
John
Cocks
Claude
Jacot





Conference team

Various representatives of the mountain community have worked together to organize this fourth edition of the Sustainable Summits Conference. Headed by the Petzl Foundation, the team has used its network connections to build and develop the conference program.

Chamonix
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Espace
Mont
Blanc
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The French
national
parks
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Mountain
Wilderness
International
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FFCAM
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UIAA
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Mountain
Research
Initiave
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Labex
ITEM
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Bayard–Milan
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Petzl
Fondation
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Sustainable
Summits
Initiative
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Partners

Our financial partners are involved in the protection of the environment and are committed to the preservation of high mountain areas. Their commitment to the fourth Sustainable Summits Conference is their willingness to share experiences and find solutions for the future of the world’s high mountains.





Downloads

Find out more about the program and practical information:

Couverture du programme Sustainable Summits Conference


Download the program


At the 2018 Sustainable Summits Conference, 15 research projects were presented highlighting the primary themes of this year’s event. 11 of these projects have been created by an outstanding group of “young researchers” and summarized in a poster format. The public had the opportunity to vote for the three best projects of young researchers:

Poster : Couloir du Goûter de J. Mourey


Download the poster: 1. Mélanie Marcuzzi / Reflab, mountain huts as research observatories

Poster : Meije d'Enora Bruley


Download the poster: 2. Jacques Mourey / Mountaineers exposed to rockfalls in the Grand Couloir du Goûter (normal route of mont Blanc)

Poster : Refuges de Mélanie Marcuzzi


Download the poster: 3. Enora Bruley / Le Pays de la Meije, will future rhyme with nature ?




Previous editions of the Sustainable Summits Conference

The Sustainable Summits Conference was born in the USA in 2010 to raise awareness of the impacts of human behavior on the Denali glaciers in Alaska. In 2014, it was held in Colorado, then at the foot of Mount Cook in New Zealand in 2016.

Find out more about the programs and contents of previous editions at www.sustainablesummits.org





Updated in June 2018


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