International Mountain Day – 11 December 2015

Promoting Mountain Products for better livelihoods

The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “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.

Promoting Mountain Products is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day. Globalization offers opportunities for mountain producers to market their high quality mountain products, such as coffee, cocoa, honey, herbs, spices and handicrafts at the national, regional and international levels. Though mountain agriculture cannot compete with the prices and volumes of lowland production, it can concentrate on high value, high quality products to boost local economies.

Tourism-related services such as skiing, climbing, cultural heritage or nature trails that allow visitors to discover unique biodiversity are also some of the offerings provided by mountains and mountain communities. If sustainably managed, tourism can provide an opportunity for development in mountain regions.

International Mountain Day 2015 provides an occasion to highlight how mountain communities are protecting biodiversity by producing a large variety of typical products and providing crucial goods and services to all of us.

While Promoting Mountain Products is the suggested theme for 2015, countries, communities and organizations are welcome to celebrate International Mountain Day through the choice of a different theme that might be more relevant to them.

In the coming months, we will prepare communication materials in all six UN languages which will be made available on our website and distributed as hard copies to those who request them.

Meanwhile, please contact sara.manuelli@fao.org with news of the celebrations you are planning, so we can post them on our interactive map.

 

Call for mountain product case studies

Your case studies are invited for the factsheets that are currently being created by the FAO and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat for International Mountain Day, which will take place on 11 December. The theme for International Mountain Day 2015 is “Promoting mountain products”, providing an occasion to highlight how mountain communities produce a large variety of products and provide goods and services.

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat seeks interesting case studies on how mountain communities are producing and marketing their high quality mountain products and services, such as coffee, cocoa, honey, herbs, spices, handicrafts, tourism at the national, regional and international levels. The deadline to receive case studies is 10 August 2015.

Please email case studies and information about your upcoming International Mountain Day events to Diletta de Leonardis at diletta.deleonardis@fao.org

 

 

last updated:  Monday, July 27, 2015