Mountain forests under threat because of climate change

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A mountainous area of Sapa, Viet Nam

Mountain forests are under threat because of rising temperatures and population growth.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also warns their loss could have serious socio-economic and environmental consequences.

On International Mountain Day which is marked on 11 December, FAO is urging Governments to better protect them.

About 60 per cent of the world's freshwater resources come from mountains, says the agency.

Harald Egerer is with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

"Why do we talk about mountains because mountains are very important. They cover 25% of the Earth's surface, they are home to one billion of people, they are the water towers of the world, and they are particularly fragile. They are like small islands at the extremes of the ecosystems."

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Mountain forests also play an important role in combating climate change, as they store large quantities of carbon.

The loss of these forests would release carbon into the atmosphere, having a negative impact on the environment.

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