«Born in 1945 Mario Francesco Broggi grew up in Allschwil, Switzerland. Since his youth he has been inspired by the beauty of nature and decided to study forestry at the ETH Zurich. After his studies he managed a private consulting firm and was a lecturer at the Universities of Vienna and Basel. Mario Broggi has tirelessly, and successfully, stood up and advocated for environmental protection in the Alps and in other mountain regions throughout the world.
In 1983 he became president of the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) and was a key figure in the realisation of the Alpine Convention. From 1997 to 2004 he was the managing director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). Mario Broggi presented his visions about the future of alpine landscapes in much-noticed publications, among them the anthologies «Mehr Raum für die Natur» (1995) and «Natur und Landschaft im Alpenrheintal» (2009).»
Albert Mountain Award 2012