International Mountain Day – 11 December

UNESCO Global Geoparks on 11th of December 2020 celebrated the International Mountain Day 2020.

As half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are found in mountains, the 2020’s theme was “Mountain biodiversity”. Mountains are facing threats in every way like climate change and global warming, bad farming practices, logging, commercial mining etc. 

UNESCO Global Geoparks participated in this celebration and organised many activities all around the globe in order to celebrate their mountains rich biodiversity and raise awareness of the need to protect mountains and the threats their biodiversity faces.

Celebrating in China

Celebrating International Mountain Day at the 6th International Training Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks Management and Development, China

On 11th December, 2020, the participants of the 6th International Training Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks Management and Development celebrated the International Mountain Day during the geopark visit in Yimengshan UGGp, Shandong Province, China. The attendances are from nearly 30 Chinese UNESCO Global Geoparks, Aspiring UNESCO Global Geoparks, academic institutions and presses. Following photos show the activity on the top of Mount Mengshan in the Yimengshan UGGp.

Celebrating in Japan

The Japanese UNESCO Global Geoparks’s poster
for the celebration of the International Mountain Day

Celebrating in Europe

ESTRELA UGGp (Portugal)

On December 11th, the Estrela UGGp and its communities celebrated the International Mountain Day and organised the following actions:

– An online open class with about 1200 students, where the knowledge about the highest mountain in mainland Portugal – Serra da Estrela – was promoted.

– A Presentation and distribution of the “Estrela’s Game – A way to learn how to play on our Mountain”.

– An International Webinar.

Modonie UGGp (Italy)

Modonie UNESCO Global Geopark celebrated the International Mountain Day and is sharing the following poster with photos of its rich of geodiversity and biodiversity mountains:

Celebrating in Africa

M’Goun UGGp (Morocco)

M’Goun UNESCO Global Geopark celebrated the International Mountain Day. A great performance organized by the Geopark M’goun Association, with the participation of members of the AGM association, the Herro Azilal Association and the Green and Clean club of the ENCG engineering school of Beni Mellal. A day full of reforestation, raising of awareness and geo-education activities. At the same time, the geo-partner associations of the AGM celebrated the day at the sites of ouzoud, imi n’ifri, ait Bougamaze, and zaouit Ahnsal.

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