Dominica will the join the rest of the world in observing International Mountain Day on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

Our indigenous people, The Kalinago, named the island Waitukubuli, meaning “tall is her body”. Dominica’s mountains soar to nearly 5,000 feet, their slopes thickly forested and beautifully crowned with rain forest and elfin woodland.

Our volcanic mountains have enabled us to offer very valuable products which help boost our tourism industry. Our bubbling hot springs which have given rise to numerous Sulphur Spring Baths in the calm surroundings of the rainforest, offer relaxing and therapeutic experiences. We also boast of the second largest boiling lake in the world, as well as cool rivers and spectacular waterfalls.

This year the day is celebrated under the theme ‘Mountain Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’. It aims to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and minorities who live in mountain environments and the relevance of their cultural heritage, traditions and customs.