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International Mountain Day

December 11 is International Mountain Day which celebrates our higher aspirations.

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Translating: International Mountain Day
Spanish: Día Internacional de la Montaña

History
The United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

Mountain Peoples and Tourism
Mountains are home to 13 percent of the world’s population.

Ninety percent of the world’s mountain dwellers live in developing countries, where a vast majority live below the poverty line and 1 out of 3 faces the threat of food insecurity.

Mountains are places of tourism and cultural trails. Mountain tourism accounts for about 15–20 percent the global tourism industry.

Indigenous and local populations in mountains have unique and valuable local knowledge, traditions and cultural practices that can contribute to effective land management strategies.

More Info
http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday
http://www.fao.org/international-mountain-day/key-messages/en/

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