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“International Mountain Day”

“International Mountain Day”

UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and Cyprus celebrate “International Mountains Day”. Countries around the world are celebrating "International Mountain Day" on December 11th to raise public awareness of mountain-related issues, as December 11th was established to highlight the vital role of mountains to people's lives and to remind the international community its responsibility to protect them.

December 11th was established in 2003 by the United Nations as "International Mountain Day" and has its roots in "Fragile Ecosystem Management and Sustainable Mountain Development" which is the Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in 1992.

As stated in Agenda 21, Chapter 13, “Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biological diversity. Furthermore, they are a source of such key resources as minerals, forest products and agricultural products and of recreation. As a major ecosystem representing the complex and interrelated ecology of our planet, mountain environments are essential to the survival of the global ecosystem”. It is also said that "the mountains are a storehouse of biodiversity and endangered species."

International Mountain Day symbol: The first left triangle has a blue diamond on the top symbolizing ice on the top of the mountain. The central triangle that has an orange circle inside it symbolizes the minerals and resources in the mountain. The triangle on the right has a green triangle on the bottom right that symbolizes forests and crops in the mountains.

The area of responsibility of “Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body” includes Killini, Chelmos, Erymanthos, Panachaiko, Barbas and Klokos, which are the most important mountainous areas of Northern Peloponnese. Canyons, Caves, Ravines, Springs, Lakes, Rivers and Torrents are typical of the natural mountain landscape of the region and result in the formation of a lot of different habitats, hosting a valuable flora and fauna, including an important number of local and Greek endemic, rare and threatened plants and animals. The area is one of the 5 UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and contains a mosaic of geological features of global importance. “Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark” hosts unique landscapes that fascinate the visitor. It is a destination and attraction for thousands of visitors all year round, offering an unparalleled escape from the everyday life.

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The symbol of "International Mountain Day"

 

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The imposing eastern slope of “Neraidorachi” of the mountainous massif of Chelmos (2340m).

Written by Super User. Posted in press releases