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International Mountain Day 2016
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Mountain Cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity

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.

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International Mountain Day in the news

Moroccan NGO organizes training to discuss climate change adaptation in mountains

19/01/2017
Migration and Development, a network of 400 associations in five mountainous areas of Morocco, in collaboration with several national agencies, organized the second edition of its Rural University on 24-25 December in celebration of International Mountain Day. The theme was "Territorial resources and adaptation to climate change in mountain areas in a post-COP22 context". The [...]

Madagascar highlights the importance of mountains and soils

18/01/2017
Madagascar celebrated International Mountain Day and World Soil Day together at national level on 8 December. The event was an opportunity for stakeholders in Madagascar to further their understanding of the importance of mountains and soil to life. Mountain and soil ecosystems provide several important ecosystem goods and services. However, pressures on the environment, including [...]

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