Today is International Mountain Day, as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
As well as celebrating these remarkable places, covering 22% of the world’s land surface are and housing 13% of the world’s population, this is also a chance to recognise the long and deep-seated neglect that these importance and often fragile places have suffered. Providing most of the world’s water, the uplands and highlands hold many of the secrets to how we protect communities downstream, those who inhabit the mountains, and societies as a whole.
We believe sustainable travel to mountains holds many answers to the problems we all face, and that reforestation, restoration and protection of these important ecosystems is a critical piece of the jigsaw in fighting climate change, water shortages, degrading soils and much more.
To learn more, visit the FAO International Mountain Day page