Artwork of Week 50

Print

50INYANGA BY ROBERT PAUL

Paul depicts Mount Nyangani located in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. The mountain is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe. Surrounded by many mysteries the Nyangani is one of many tourist attraction sites in Zimbabwe boasting a diverse flora and fauna.


This week we celebrate the International Mountain Day. Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to many people living in mountains, but mountains also indirectly benefit billions more living downstream.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”. This year’s celebration aims to highlight Mountain Cultures. Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world.
Mountains are also the sources of springs and rivers and have been revered as the home of deities throughout history. Mount Nyangani has rivers such as the Nyamuziwa River, Kairezi River and the Pungwe River which are beneficial to local communities. Mountains and mountain-protected areas are also places of spiritual solace, inspiration, recreation and relaxation.
Mountains are also a huge source of tourist attraction. The impacts of tourism on culture and identity in the mountains can bring many possibilities. Community-based mountain tourism can ensure a more equitable distribution of income, help maintain local cultures and knowledge reduce out-migration and provide incentives for the protection of mountain ecosystems, their goods and services.

To achieve sustainable mountain development, it is essential that everyone participates in raising awareness about mountain ecosystems, their fragility and prevalent problems, and about ways of addressing them. This can bring benefits to both highland and lowland communities and help to eradicate things like poverty.