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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
All the 31 conferences are online.

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.


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The imaginary, the sacred and the cultural - Full video

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Éric Fournier, Roger Robinson and Ellen Lapham

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Te Ngaehe Wanikau and Allan Munn

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Bernard Debarbieux

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Questions & answers


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The social values of the high mountains - Full video

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Hugues Chardonnet


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Posters session : Young researchers in the limelight


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How practices have evolved - Full videos (3 parts)

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Philippe Bourdeau

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Dani Bach

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Questions & answers

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Lionel Habasque

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Blaise Agresti

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Questions & answers


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The high mountains, a shared heritage - Full video

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Julien Charon

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Majda Odar

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Jacques Félix Faure

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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?


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Climate change in high mountains: field experiences and practical solutions - Full video

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Ludovic Ravanel

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Luc Moreau

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Questions & answers

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Irène Alvarez and Brad Carlson

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Claude Jacot

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Marta Gavalgno

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Questions & answers


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Climate change, glacier retreat and impact on living organisms - Full video

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Wolfgang Cramer

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Bernard Francou

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Questions & answers

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Sébastien Lavergne

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John All

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Questions & answers


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Natural hazards and accidentology - Full video

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Philippe Descamps

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Pascal Stoebener

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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?


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

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Paul Petzl


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Sanitary and waste management in mountains and isolated sites - Full video

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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 and Matthias Jurek

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Anne Roches

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Francine Brondex

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Questions & answers


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How to develop a high mountain policy based on field experiences - Full video

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Carolina Adler

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Ellen Lapham

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Irena Mrak


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Increased ridership, impacts and solutions - Full video

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Mathieu Dechavanne

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Dave Bamford

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Dawa Steven Sherpa

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Questions & answers


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Closing speech and message from Nicolas Hulot, Minister for ecological and solidarity transition - Full video

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Eric de Kermel and Fred Marat

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Nicolas Hulot

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Dawa Steven Sherpa and 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
logo de la ville de Chamonix
Espace
Mont
Blanc
logo Espace Mont Blanc
The French
national
parks
logo du Parc National des Écrins
Mountain
Wilderness
International
logo Mountain Wilderness
FFCAM
logo de la Fédération française des clubs alpins et de montagne (FFCAM)
UIAA
logo de l’Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (UIAA)
Mountain
Research
Initiave
logo de l’Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme (UIAA)
Labex
ITEM
logo Labex ITEM
Bayard–Milan
logo Groupe Bayard–Milan
Petzl
Fondation
logo Fondation Petzl
Sustainable
Summits
Initiative
logo Sustainable Summits Initiative





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




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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