The future of the world’s high mountains

After the United States and New Zealand… Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

On June 2018, Chamonix will host the 4th edition of the Sustainable Summits Conference,. For three days, high mountain sites managers, researchers, actors from the world of associations, innovative companies and mountaineers from around the world will get together at the foot of Mont Blanc to address issues pertaining to the high mountains.

“This conference is first and foremost an opportunity to meet, a desire to act together for the high mountains, one of the last space on the planet where the human is just passing by: a space that fascinates, transforms and offers a possible a somewhere else “

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Conference registration fees:
– Attendees aged under 29 on 1 January 2018 : €70
– Attendees aged over 29 : €190 (early bird rate until March 15th) / €230 (late registration rate after 15 March).


Tuesday 12 June

What roles do high mountains play in today’s societies?

Rugged mountains are among the last areas on the planet where we can experience ​ “otherness” — those rare places that fascinate and transform us, opening new horizons and perspectives. Questions the conference will address include: How useful or transformative are the mountains, socially speaking? How can we ensure respect and the rights of local populations? Where is the middle ground between strict regulation and open access, between public enjoyment and conscientious management?

Wednesday 13 June

> Climate change: the high mountains on the front line

Shrinking glaciers, melting permafrost, increasing rockfall, changing snowfall patterns, altered biodiversity: the high mountains are at the forefront of climate change. How can we adapt? Will climate change drastically affect climbing and skiing? How should we limit the carbon footprint of our mountain activities?

Thursday 14 June

> Human activities in the high mountains: impacts and solutions

An ever-growing number of visitors to the most famous summits poses a threat to their environment while also damaging the experience of being there.Many solutions have been tried worldwide; this conference aims to share this knowledge for everyone’s benefit. For example, how can we manage human waste at high altitude where decomposition is slow? To what extent should infrastructure be built for managing waste? How can we reduce accidents on popular summits? Can responsible behavior minimize human impact?

The organizers

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.