UNCSD’s draft synthesis report on sustainable mountain development for the 2011 Lucerne World Mountain Conference provides the following reasons for why mountains (such as Baguio City) matter more than ever:
1. Mountains provide opportunities for regional and global collaboration.
2. Mountains are the water towers of the world.
3. Mountains are hotspots of global biodiversity.
4. Mountains are a home, a source of income, and a place of diverse cultural heritage.