Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Working groups

Biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development in mountains

Coordinators: Mark Snethlage (GMBA)
Community members: Convention for Biological Diversity
GMBA SSC members: T. Mwampamba, X. Fan
Period: 2017 -
Status: ongoing

Developing effective valuation, policy, governance, and management approaches to safeguard the biodiversity underpinning human well-being in mountains and achieve international sustainable development goals requires a common understanding of the interactions between nature and people that are particular to mountains.

This working group supports inter- and transdisciplinary science in two main areas. The first is the nexus between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, and human well-being in the world’s mountains. The second is the importance of biodiversity in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention for Biological Diversity and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in mountains.


No activities are currently scheduled


Mountain biodiversity and sustainable development


This project will provide a global analysis and comparison of biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development in mountain ranges differing in their ecology and socio-economic situation.