International Mountain Day calls for an end to neglect of mountains

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Mongolian farmers working on a project to support Altai mountain farmers and to prevent deforestation in the region. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

It’s time to stop neglecting mountains. That is the call from the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization on the occasion of International Mountain Day, celebrated every year on the 11th of December.

FAO reports that over 50 percent of the world’s population relies on freshwater from mountains for drinking, cooking, irrigation, hydropower and industry.

It also says that mountains feed into the global economy as some of the world’s most important tourist destinations.

Ms Rosalaura Romeo, Programme Officer in the Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, talks to Gerry Adams about efforts to protect forests from environmental and human degradation.

Duration: 3’57″

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