Celebrating International Mountain Day
11 December 2012
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.
Mountains are crucial to life. Whether we live at sea level or the highest elevations, we are connected to mountains and affected by them in more ways than we can imagine. Mountains provide most of the world's freshwater, harbour a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Yet, each day, environmental degradation, the consequences of climate change, exploitative mining, armed conflict, poverty and hunger threaten the extraordinary web of life that the mountains support.
At the Headquarters, Nepal
Regional Level activities
- Activities in India
In collaboration with ICIMOD, the Centre for Environment Education (CEE Himalaya) in Dehradun, India will be holding an event to educate children, educators, and representatives of local administrative bodies on the value of the goods and services provided by mountains and the need for sustainable mountain development through its Paryavaran Mitra network in the Indian Himalayan region.
Schools and communities from around Dehradun District, along with cadets from the National Service Scheme youth network, have been invited to participate in a day-long programme focused on biodiversity in the Himalayas with a special emphasis on the diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants in the region and the challenges associated with climate change.
- Activities in Pakistan
Four hundred participants are expected to attend a youth seminar in Islamabad, being organized by the Development Communications Network of Pakistan (DEVCOM-Pakistan) in collaboration with ICIMOD’s Pakistan Country Office in observation of International Mountain Day. During the event, students from different colleges and universities will have a chance to speak on the topic 'Mountains and Forests Are Our Life', and presentations will be made on mountain development in the context of climate change. A speech by Chief Guest Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan, the Federal Minister for Climate Change, will conclude the seminar.
To coincide with IMD 2012, the following national level youth forums are being organised.
- National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal, 6-8 December 2012 (concluding with the ICIMOD Green Solutions Fair)
- National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in India
Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, 9-11 December 2012 (concludes Celebrating IMD)
- National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in Bangladesh
Rangamati, Bangladesh, 18-19 December 2012 (launch Facebook page on 11 December)
- National Youth Forum on Green Solutions in Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan, 14-16 December 2012