CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Mountain People’s Vulnerability to Food Insecurity and Climate Change

International Mountain Day 11 December 2008: On the occasion of International Mountain Day, celebrated on 11 December, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), delivered a message on food security in the mountains.

He noted that the global financial crisis threatens to perpetuate food

insecurity worldwide and stressed the particular vulnerability of

mountain people to food shortages due to their isolated, inaccessible

and remote location. He added that the mountain ecosystems are among

those most severely impacted by climate change, which further

exacerbates food insecurity. [The Message] [International Mountain Day Website]