More than 1.1 billion people live in mountain regions, and millions more visit mountains every day. Most of us who spend time in mountain areas have seen litter problems first-hand, but there has been little formal information gathering or study of the issue.

The 2021 Mountain Waste Survey is designed to help plug this crucial knowledge gap, by gathering information about waste from mountain residents and visitors around the world.We invite people from all walks of life to complete this survey, including the general public, mountain sports enthusiasts, scientists and researchers, NGO staff, government officials, and those working in the agriculture and forestry sectors. The survey is available inEnglish,French,Spanish, German andRussian, and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

By sharing your experiences, observations, and opinions, you can help us keep mountain environments as we like them – clean.The survey has been designed to generate new knowledge about types and volumes of waste, sources and drivers of waste, and solutions that have been implemented or could be tried.We will use the information gathered to advocate to policy makers and governing bodies for better waste management and clean-up.

Important actors in the international mountain community have come together to increase knowledge about waste in mountains and address this growing problem, and the2021 Mountain Waste Survey grew out of this partnership.The survey was designed byGRID-Arendal,in collaboration with theUN Environment Programme (UNEP), theMountain Research Initiative(MRI), theInternational Federation of Mountain Guides Associations(IFMGA), theInternational Climbing and Mountaineering Federation(UIAA), theKilian Jornet Foundation, theUnion of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA), and theSecretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions(BRS).

The survey will remain open until the end of April. The results will be summarized in a short report, which will be sent to all interested survey participants, and will also feed into a larger report on waste in remote and mountainous areas being prepared by GRID-Arendal for the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. 

Find the links to this survey for the general public here:








*If you are an IFMGA/UIGAM/IVBV Guide, specific surveys for mountain guides will be sent by your association.