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Water Library - Mountains
Mountain forests protect the watersheds that supply fresh water - the fresh water that more than half of humanity depends on to grow food, generate energy and, more importantly, to drink.  
 
Mountain are vital for the ecological health of the world. They shelter immense biodiversity, provide food and fodder and are important sources of forest products.

For more information on mountains visit the Education Corner and the website for the International Year of Mountains 2002.

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  Educational kits  

International Year of Mountains Educational Kits and Lesson Plans
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Educational Material and Kits prepared for the International Year of Mountains relating to water
  • Discovering the Natural Resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region
  • Mountains Forever
  • Lesson Plan on Mountains and Water
    Language(s) English, French, Spanish


  •   Websites  

    International Year of Mountains Web site
    The crucial links between mountains, forests and water are the subject of much current debate between FAO and its partners at various levels. A summary of the key issues is outlined in the International Year of Mountains Web site
    Language(s) English, French, Spanish Age group All

    Learning about Mountains - an online guide to resources for teachers and kids
    Go on an adventure to discover the secrets of the mountains. See mountains being made, meet a snow leopard, and listen to Alpenhorns. Watch out for avalanches! Extensive information about water and mountains; how mountains are made, mountains as weather makers etc.
    Language(s) English, with links to teaching resources in 16 languages

    Mountain Voices
    This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.
    Language(s) English


      Publications  

     

    Issue Paper on Water Mountains, International Year of Mountains
    International Year of Mountains 20-01-2002 >> More...


     

    Fact Sheet on Water and Mountains, International Year of Mountains
    International Year of Mountains 23-05-2003 >> More...


     

    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) NEWSLETTER
    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development 23-05-2003 >> More...




    The Year around the world: Discover what's happening in your country!

     Quickfacts
     A major source of freswater In humid parts of the world, mountains provide 30 to 60 percent of the freshwater downstream. In semi-arid and arid environments, they provide 70 to 95 percent.
     Half the world depend on mountains for life More than half of humanity depends on mountains for water to drink, to grow food, to produce electricity and to generate industry, as well as for transportation.
     Rivers originate in mountains All the major rivers of the world depend on mountains for water. For example, 90 percent of lowland flow of the Indus River originates in the mountains of the Karakorum and Western Himalaya.
     Events
     MOUNTAINS AS WATER TOWERS: E-DISCUSSION
    from 08-07-2003 to 19-08-2003
    The Quality and Quantity of Water in and from Mountain Places in North America

     ID: 3903 | guest (Read) Updated: 2003-11-05 10:16 am - © 2002 - UNESCO - Contact