A brief history

1989 - representatives from the national and professional mountain organisations of Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Italy met with the common objective of harmonising the content and standard of training for the profession of Mountain Leader. At this point in time the "European Mountain Leader Commission - EMLC" was formed. 

1992 - representatives from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy and Spain met to ratify the "Community Standard for Conditions of Access to and Practise of the Profession of European Mountain Leader". Between 1992 and 2004 it became clear that the title of European Mountain Leader EML did not accurately reflect the increasingly international nature of the work being undertaken by Mountain Leaders. Nor did it take in to account Mountain Leaders living and working outwith the European Union. 

2004 - representatives from Andorra, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Spain and Switzerland met at Plas y Brenin in North Wales, with the common objective of agreeing a constitution for the new "Union of International Mountain Leader Associations - UIMLA". The union replaced the EMLC and opened up membership to all nations with an interest in the profession of International Mountain Leader - IML. The UIMLA Constitution was formally signed in Chambery, France, November 27th.