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International Mountain Day has been celebrated every year since 2003 on December 11th. Established by UNESCO, this day is intended to raise awareness among the population and governments on the importance of mountains.

Mountains play a very important role in the supply of fresh water to half of the world’s population. They are home to about 12% of the world’s population and an impressive number of animal and plant species. They play an essential role in the ecological balance of the planet.