Protecting Our Mountains

The Snowleader Foundation supports actions that involve the environmental protection of mountain areas by means of associative and general interest projects. Our wish is to get involved in strong projects; this is why we have also created a skill volunteering process, to support project leaders. 

ON-GOING PROJECTS

Obsolete Installations

Mountain Wilderness France

The association

The Mountain Wilderness France association aims at uniting mountaineers and people who love the mountain environment from all over the world, to protect this part of nature, and to help maintain the last wild mountain areas. With their action ‘Obsolete Installations’, the association helps making an inventory, and dismantling these abandoned tourist, industrial, agricultural, and military set-ups, that are a real source of visual pollution, and, to a limit, a danger to visitors and to the fauna. Each season, volunteering work sites are regularly set in place. 

The project

In August 2023, Mountain Wilderness tackled an obsolete military installation above the lake of Mont-Cenis, in Haute-Maurienne. It involved barb wire lines, relics of the Second World War. Volunteers removed four tons of metal scraps from the mountain! (Barb wire, metal sheet, poles)
Our support has equally served to improve the collaborative website dedicated to this campaign: installationsobsoletes.org 

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Savoie

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€10,000 (2023)

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Savoie and Haute-Savoie

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€7,000 (2023)

Eco-Volunteers in the Bauges Mountain Range

Parc naturel régional du massif des Bauges

The association

The Parc naturel régional du massif des Bauges (Regional Natural Park of the Bauges Mountain Range) hosts a fragile fauna and flora; it is also a residential, working, and entertainment region. The park’s objective is helping residents and tourists understand the various implications, and the activities that take place in order to protect the areas, and to facilitate usage coexistence.

The project

To respond to conservation and coexistence implications, the Park created a communication campaign called ‘La montagne…respect !’ (The Mountains … Respect!) . Thus, for several years, 12 young eco-volunteers have been recruited for the summer season to pass on conservation messages, raise awareness among hikers regarding environmental implications, and habits to take on board, particularly in high usage areas.

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Haute-Savoie

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€5,000 (2023), €3,500 (2022)

Protect Ice & Reduce Waste

For My Planet - Act for the Future

The association

For My Planet is a social, civic, and environmental school with the goal of providing teenagers with the keys and the means to face the ecological and social challenges of our times, as well as to implement them. The association defends the idea that action is the drive for transition.

The project

Thanks to the Protect Ice & Reduce Waste project, sponsored for two years already, around sixty young people from six schools in France become sentinels of the environment. For this, they get trained during the school year regarding climate change and its consequences in the mountains. In parallel, they have their own eco-responsible actions that they manage in their school or town; in April, everyone gets together for five days in Chamonix for a scientific expedition. They then organise around twenty conferences, during the following year, to raise awareness in their turn. (In companies, schools, hospitals, etc.)

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Zero Waste Mountains

Mountain Riders

The association

Mountain Riders is an educational association focusing on ecological transition. The association acts for the conservation of mountains, both an essential and a fragile environment. Each year, it organises rubbish collection events to invite people to act, clean, and maintain our mountains rubbish-free. 

The project

In 2022, the association started a large-scale rubbish classification project: Zero Waste Mountains 2030. The goal is to identify the types of rubbish during the collection events, to understand their origin, and therefore to reduce this type of pollution in our mountains. A classification kit was designed, in 10 copies, made of recycled materials, thanks to our financial support. These kits were made available in the mountain regions (Vosges, Jura, Oisans, Tarentaise, etc.), and training sessions are held to help local stakeholders become autonomous and collect data. We were present at the collection event in Menuires!

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord, Alpes du Sud, Pyrénées, Jura

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€15,000 (2022)

Nest&Climb

Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie

The association

The goal of the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie (Conservatory for Natural Areas of Haute-Savoie) is to lead a general interest mission for the conservation and management of natural areas and species; the territorial policy council; the scientific expertise on natural areas, species, their habitats, and landscapes; and raising awareness about the environment.

The project

Alpine walls, used by climbers, host an avifauna sensitive to disturbances, sometimes rare and often protected. (For example: the bearded eagle.) Informing and educating climbers is essential in order to save these birds. Maintaining a follow-up of this avifauna on climbing sites, in coexistence with the activity is a condition for their survival. Through the Nest&Climb project, the Conservatory builds a bridge between climbers and naturalists for updates regarding existing nests, their occupation period, and itineraries to avoid during these periods.

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Haute-Savoie

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€7,000 (2022)

The Alpine Garden of Semnoz

France Nature Environnement Haute-Savoie

The association

France Nature Environnement (FNE) Haute-Savoie is an association that works on the protection and preservation of the environment, that acts throughout the entire department. It works closely with the territories and initiates various actions: naturalist expertise, environmental education, legal supervision, etc.

The project

The Alpine Garden is situated in the pastures of Semnoz (the Bauges mountain range); it is designed to present about a hundred various flower species, specific to low-altitude mountains, with a conservation goal. This space is free of charge, and open to everyone from June to September. Each year, FNE Haute-Savoie maintains this Alpine Garden, and organises permanent staff and events throughout summer: environmental promoters raise awareness among hundreds of visitors regarding the conservation of low-altitude mountain biodiversity.

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Haute-Savoie

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€6,000 (2022)

Obsolete Installations

Mountain Wilderness France

The association

The Mountain Wilderness France association aims at uniting mountaineers and people who love the mountain environment from all over the world, to protect this part of nature, and to help maintain the last wild mountain areas. With their action ‘Obsolete Installations’, the association helps making an inventory, and dismantling these abandoned tourist, industrial, agricultural, and military set-ups, that are a real source of visual pollution, and, to a limit, a danger to visitors and to the fauna. Each season, volunteering work sites are regularly set in place. 

The project

We were present on site for the action that took place in 2022, in the Hautes Alpes, in Saint-Firmin. The action involved dismantling a ski lift that had not been used for 17 years, situated between 1,350m and 1,558m altitude. The last time it had functioned was in the winter of 2004-2005. 

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord – Hautes Alpes

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€10,000 (2021)

Biodiv'sports

La Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux - LPO AuRA

The association

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO – League for Bird Protection) has as a goal to protect birds and the ecosystems they depend on, and globally, biodiversity of the entire country. The goal of the ‘Biodiv’sports’ project, developed by LPO Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, is to communicate information regarding areas that are highly fragile for the fauna, on platforms and websites, making an inventory of sports itineraries in the natural environment.

The project

The project wishes to create a dialogue with users, improve knowledge, and encourage them to consider wild fauna when they head for the mountains.
The goal? Providing natural environment users with the knowledge that they need to take ownership of the species protection implications, grasp the concept of disturbance, and adapt their behaviour deliberately. The key phrase of this project is activity conciliation. 
‘Biodiv’sport’ aims at all types of fauna (birds, caprine species, etc.) and concerns numerous sports activities (ski-touring, mountaineering, snow-shoeing, rock climbing, paragliding, canoeing, kayaking, trail running, etc.). Since 2018, the tool is operational on websites such as Camptocamp, IGN Rando, Whympr, etc., and the project is growing today more and more.

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€8,000 (2021)

Mountain Fresco

Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie

The association

The goal of the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie (Conservatory for Natural Areas of Haute-Savoie) is to lead a general interest mission for the conservation and management of natural areas and species, the territorial policy council, the scientific expertise on natural areas, species, their habitats, and landscapes, and raising awareness about the environment.

The project

Throughout the years, the members of the association have concluded that there were tools to explain global warming at a general scale, but none adapted specifically to mountain regions. In 2021, they wanted to create an educational game, that raises awareness: the Mountain Fresco, inspired from the Climate Fresk principle. The game takes the form of cards that need to be arranged in a logical order to recreate a schematic view of climate change impacts on mountains, their natural areas, and human activities that depend on them. After understanding it, the game equally invites players to imagine optimal future scenarios. In 2024, the final phase of this project started. (Graphic design, and game printing)

LOCATION
Alpes du Nord

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
€5,000 (2021)