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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

Madagascar highlights the importance of mountains and soils

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 [...]

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.