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“We are confident that the Guidelines for eco-compatible expeditions will be taken up by those involved in setting up and organising events, and that they will provide useful suggestions for limiting and managing any negative impact on the environment.” The speaker was Riccardo Beltramo, concluding the presentation of the book “Alpinismo e ambiente. Linee guida per spedizioni ecocompatibili” (Mountaineering and the environment. Guidelines for eco-compatible expeditions) on Wednesday 4 January at the Cooperative Les Tisserands in Valgrisenche.

The volume is the 6th in the series “I Quaderni della Montagna” and was published in December by the National Mountain Institute (IMONT). It reports the results of a scientific study on the eco-compatibility of the “K2 2004 Expedition – 50 years on”, which was launched by the Ev-K2-CNR Committee under the leadership of Riccardo Beltramo, Enrica Vesce, Stefano Duglio and Elena Pandolfi of the Department of Commodity Science of the University of Turin, and funded by the National Mountain Institute.

During the presentation, one of a series of meetings in the Project for local development “Les Pays du Paradis” co-funded by the European Union under the Leader+ Programme, the authors summarised the main topics of the study, emphasising the results achieved. They also described the difficulties encountered during the research, which was largely performed at the Base Camp of K2 in Pakistan, and answered a variety of questions from the audience.

And the Guidelines for eco-compatible expeditions, the subject of the second part of the book, constitute one of the most important results of the study. The Guidelines have received the support of the UIAA, the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, and are now being publicised.

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