International Mountain Day

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2022 Date11 December 2022
2023 Date11 December 2023
International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day History

International Mountain Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of mountains. This day aims to conserve mountain biodiversity by advocating for sustainable mountain development practices like ecosystem restoration. Biodiversity encompasses all living organisms within an ecosystem and it is an indicator of the diversity of life within a region.

International Mountain Day was established in 2002 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 11th.

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International Mountain Day Facts

  • The theme for International Mountain Day in 2021 was sustainable mountain tourism.
  • Mountains make up 30% of all key biodiversity areas according to the U.N. Key biodiversity areas are those areas recognized as vital for threatened plants and animals. They consist of land, freshwater, and marine sites.
  • According to the U.N, around twenty plant species supply 80% of the world's food. Six of them: maize, potatoes, barley, sorghum, tomatoes, and apples originated and were diversified in mountainous regions.

International Mountain Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Plan a hike in a mountainous region to better your understanding of the vast amounts of biodiversity that mountains offer.
  • Donate to reputable charities that work to conserve mountain biodiversity. Examples include Mountain Humane and Conservation Corps.
  • Watch a film or documentary showcasing the biodiversity of mountains. Here are our suggestions:
    Planet Earth 2: Mountains (2020)
    Virunga (2014)
    Home (2009)

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