There was an increased international and political interest towards the development of mountain ecosystems and the dependent low-lying territories in 2002, in the International Year of the Mountains
That's why the fact that the United Nations named 2002 the International Year of the Mountains
is causing quite a stir in auld Caledonia.
A declaration issued at the end of a three-day seminar to observe the International Year of the Mountains
(IYM) appealed for efforts to further push the frontier of mountain-related knowledge.