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.
Water Library - Mountains
|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
Lesson Plan on Mountains and Water
Language(s) English, French, Spanish
| 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.
| 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.|