11 December has been declared the International Mountain Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002, to create awareness about the importance of mountains and their inhabitants.
According to the FAO, why are mountains so important?
- They cover around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth;
- Mountains not only provide sustenance and well-being to 915 million mountain people around the world but also indirectly benefit billions more living downstream.
- Mountains provide freshwater, energy and food – resources that will become increasingly scarce in coming decades.
The 2016 theme is ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity’.
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