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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

Hiking group hosts conference on mountains in Murcia, Spain

The Hiking Group of the Real Casino of Murcia, Spain held a conference in celebration of International Mountain Day on 10 January 2017. Led by environmentalist Carlos Cegarra Jimenez, the topic of the conference was “The mountains and their inhabitants”. A visit to the nearby archaeological site “La Almoloya” followed.

Aurora Research Institute hosts screening of “The Last Mooseskin Boat”

Deep in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Aurora Research Institute celebrated International Mountain Day by hosting a film night on 12 December in Inuvik. The film night featured a screening of “The Last Mooseskin Boat,” a documentary that honours the history of the Shúhtagot'ine (Mountain Dene) people and their boat-making tradition. These boats, made [...]