Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)


GMBA has identified two major thematic priorities around which its activities are focused. These activities are organized into working groups that temporarily bring together members of the community interested in specific research questions. All working groups fall into one or both of GMBA's thematic priorities

Thematic priorities

Globally integrated assessment and monitoring of biodiversity (species, populations, traits) requires interdisciplinary research and a close collaboration between observational, remote sensing, and modelling communities that are collecting and using spatio-temporally explicit biodiversity or environmental data to capture, report on, and predict ongoing changes, and to develop integrated knowledge products (e.g. map layers).

Current efforts focus on providing the mountain biodiversity community with a platform for mountain biodiversity data visualization and on bridging gaps with the remote sensing community.

Related working groups

Natural disasters in the form of landslides, floods, and avalanches strike mountains each year, affecting only small areas but also habitat diversity and ecosystem dynamics. These natural disturbances result in surprisingly fast natural regeneration of plants. In contrast, climate change and human impact dominate large areas with often irreversible effects. Of all global change impacts on mountain biodiversity, land use is the most important factor.

Current efforts focus on improving existing knowledge on the protection, management, and sustainable use of mountain biodiversity in the face of global change, and on mountain socio-ecological systems.

Related working groups:

Developing effective valuation, policy, governance, and management approaches to safeguard the biodiversity underpinning human well-being in mountains and achieve international sustainable development agendas (Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention for Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 requires a common understanding of the interactions between nature and people that are particular to given mountain ranges.

Current efforts focus on improving existing knowledge and understanding on the importance of mountain biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services, and ultimately for human well-being in mountains and beyond.

Related working groups:

  • TBD