Happy International Mountain Day!

Facts & Figures

  • Mountains cover around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface.
  • Mountains provide 60-80 percent of the world’s freshwater – without which sustainable development that aims to eliminate poverty and hunger would not be possible.
  • Mountains host 25 percent of terrestrial biodiversity and 28 percent of earth’s forests.
  • 6 of the 20 most important food crops originate in mountains (potatoes, maize, barley, sorghum, apples, tomatoes).
  • Mountains attract 15-20 percent of global tourism.

7 Reasons Why #Mountains Matter

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