Importance of mountains to life highlighted

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The importance of mountains to life is being highlighted on International Mountain Day, observed on 11 December each year.

According to the UN, mountains, which cover about 27 per cent of the earth's land surface, play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth.

About 720 million mountain people depend on mountains for their wellbeing and billions of others living downstream also benefit indirectly from them.

Mountains provide freshwater, energy and food.

The UN also notes that mountain areas have high incidence of poverty and are extremely vulnerable to climate change, deforestation, land degradation and natural disasters.

The theme for this year's International Mountain Day is "Mountain Farming" to raise awareness about mountain agriculture which has been a model for sustainable development for centuries.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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