Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Contribution to mountain biodiversity science


The conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems in general and of mountain biodiversity in particular are essential for a sustainable future to humankind. Our mission is to provide a framework to support and foster research on the conservation, management, and sustainable use of mountain biodiversity in a changing world and facilitate the dialogue between communities of researchers, stakeholders, and policy-makers engaged in issues of mountain biodiversity and sustainable mountain development.


The main goals of GMBA are to:

  • promote, harmonize, explore, and synthesize scientific research on current and future change in mountain biodiversity and in the provisioning of ecosystem services by mountain regions
  • facilitate the access to and usage of research outcomes for scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders in charge of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in mountain regions
  • provide a framework for bottom-up involvement of policy makers and stakeholders in research efforts


GMBA serves as primary interlocutor to the mountain community for matters pertaining to biodiversity and its role in supporting human well-being, ranging from the mechanisms and forces shaping biodiversity, to its monitoring, management, sustainable use, and conservation. GMBA further serves as an advisory body with regard to mountain biodiversity-related policy- and decision-making and liaises with the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).