The United Nations General Assembly declared the 11’th of December the “International Mountain Day”. Since 2003, a great emphasis has been placed on raising awareness of the importance of mountains for life, highlighting the opportunities and constraints of mountain development and building alliances / partnerships that will bring positive changes for mountain populations and environments.
”Sustainable mountai tourism” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day.
Sustainable tourism in mountains can contribute to creating additional and alternative livelihood options and promoting poverty alleviation, social inclusion, as well as landscape and biodiversity conservation. It is a way to preserve the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage, to promote local crafts and high value products, and celebrate many traditional practices such as local festivals.
Mountain tourism attracts around 15 to 20 percent of global tourism. Tourism, however, is one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, affecting economies, livelihoods, public services and opportunities on all continents. In mountains, the restrictions of the pandemic have further compounded the vulnerabilities of mountain communities.
This crisis can be seen as an opportunity to rethink mountain tourism and its impact on natural resources and livelihoods, to manage it better, and to harness it towards a more resilient, green and inclusive future.
For additional details please access the International Mountain Day webpage.