Message from the Director General
Bangladesh Mountain Day Message

Celebrating International Mountain Day 2013

11 December 2013

Although only 12% of the world’s population resides in mountains, mountains 
provide 40% of the world’s ecosystem services. For example, as the water towers of Asia, the Hindu Kush Himalayas provide water for 200 million people living in the region and over 1.2 billion people downstream, including the people of the plains of Bangladesh. Yet mountains and mountain people are under increasing pressure from climate change, outmigration, and high levels of poverty. Urgent attention is needed to help local people adapt to these changes for the benefit of people from both the mountains and the plains. This is also true of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, whose people are custodians of mountain ecosystems, yet face many of the same challenges of mountain people throughout the world. 

ICIMOD congratulates Bangladesh for celebrating Mountain Day for the first time

. Indeed, the people of Bangladesh are some of the best advocates of mountain issues on the global stage. This is no surprise given the clear connectivity between people living upstream and those downstream. Bangladesh has been a Regional Member Country of ICIMOD for 30 years, which also clearly shows the recognition by Bangladesh of the importance of mountains. In addition to working with Bangladesh partners in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, ICIMOD also works to address upstream and downstream water issues. ICIMOD is committed to continue its work in Bangladesh for mountains and people.