International Mountain Day 2021 : Theme, Significance, Objective and History

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International Mountain Day 2021 Theme, Quotes, History, Significance
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International Mountain Day (IMD) is celebrated every year on 11 December to raise awareness about the importance of mountains, focus on opportunities and emphasize on the development of mountains. The day educates people to understand the role of mountains in the environment and its impact on life.  International Day of Mountains is celebrated every year with a special theme. 

When is International Mountain Day celebrated? 

‘International Mountain Day’ is celebrated every year around the world on 11th December. 

What is the main objective of International Mountain Day? 

The main objective of celebrating International Mountain Day is to make the international community aware of the importance of sustainable development of the mountainous region and its obligations towards the mountainous region. 

Question – When was International Mountain Day celebrated for the first time? 

Answer – Year 2003 

What is the theme of International Mountain Day 2021? 

The theme of International Mountain Day 2021 is “Sustainable mountain tourism”. 

history of International Mountain Day (IMD)

International Mountain Day was formed in 1992 when Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development” was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.  No doubt, it gave a new shape to the history of development of mountains.  

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In view of the increasing attention to the importance of mountains, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2002 as the United Nations International Year of Mountains and designated 11 December as International Mountain Day since 2003.  So we can say that for the first time International Mountain Day was celebrated on 11th December 2003.  Every year it is celebrated with a special theme. 

How is International Mountain Day (IMD) celebrated? 

It is celebrated in various ways.  One of these is that the Centro de Investigacao de Montanha (CIMO) and partners will celebrate International Mountain Day from 13 to 14 December as “Mountain, Sport and Sustainable Development Days”.  On the first day there will be a conference in which speakers, athletes, politicians, sports federations and researchers will participate and throw light on the importance of mountains.  For the first time on this day, the Baslay Farmer’s Association (BFA) and its local partners will join the festivities on 11 December, including hiking and the establishment of a native tree nursery. A forum on the importance of mountains and mountain people.  will also be held. 

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According to the FAO, in the coming months, a communication toolbox for this day will also be made available on the IMD website in six languages. On this day, various forums, activities, presentations, student debates, photo, art competitions, and events are targeted to specific groups and are also organized.  

Credit: Drishti IASInternational Mountain Day 2021 : Theme, Significance, Objective and History 

You can also join the conversation on social media using the #MountainsMatter hashtag.  You can also write your plan for information on International Day of Mountains to [email protected] so that it can be published on the International Day of Mountains website.  You can also share your experiences on the life of mountains, your favorite mountain photos, moments, etc. with your friends, relatives. 

Quotes About Mountains on International Mountain Day (IMD)

“The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.” Rabindranath Tagore.

“Over every mountain, there is a pass, although it may not be seen from the valley”

“Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.” Aleksander Lwow

“‘I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.’” Mark Obmascik

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” David McCullough Jr.

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” John Muir

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” Ed Viesturs

“When life gives you mountains put on your boots and hike.”

“The climb speaks to our character, but the view, I think, to our souls.” Lori Lansens

“The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.” Marianne Williamson

Let us now know about the importance of mountains

Mountains are one of nature’s most beautiful formations, majestic, solid that stand against the sky and make it feel as if they can capture the whole country with their shadow.  They are sources of entertainment, resources and agriculture.  The slopes of the mountains provide ample space for production. 

  • Mountains play an important role in the water cycle, 
  • The frozen snow in the mountains melts in the spring and summer and provides the water needed for settlements, agriculture and industries. 
  • In fact, in semi-arid and arid regions, about 90% of the rivers come from the mountains. 
  • Temperate In Europe, the Alps, which occupy about 11% of the area of ​​the Rhine river basin, supply 31% of the annual flow and more than 50% in summer. 
  • The water coming from the mountains is also a source of hydroelectric power. 
  • In developing countries, wood fuel is the main source of energy in mountain settlements. 
  • Mountain wood is also used in many ways. 
  • Mountain ecosystems play an important role in biological diversity etc. 

Therefore, International Mountain Day is celebrated every year on 11th December to raise awareness to focus on the importance of mountains not only for our lives but also for the residents, ecosystem and environment.


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