Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)


Tales of Mountain Biodiversity

"Schreckhorn et Lauteraarhorn", watercolor painting done onsite above Grindelwald, Bern, Switzerland, 16 mars 2019. © Laurent Willenegger,


“Mountain Biodiversity” is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day. For this very special day, we embarked on a journey across the world’s mountains based on stories about their biodiversity and we invited the mountain community at large to share tales in word or art form. With a drawing, a painting or in writing, we invite the community members to tell us how biodiversity matters in the mountains and to share their fascination, knowledge, memories, fears or hopes for these mountains and their nature. With these stories, we wanted people to connect to the formidable diversity of species that live in the world’s mountains and raise awareness for their conservation and sustainable management.

Starting on 3 August 2020 and until International Mountain Day we are sharing the stories we received online. Many thanks to all of you who contributed.

This is a shared initiative of the Mountain Partnership and GMBA.

This painting is part of a set of some 200 watercolors painted for a project "FACE aux 4000" which endeavored to paint in situ the 48 summits of over 4000m in Switzerland. These high peaks are the heart of the Swiss Alps and shape the landscapes that are so dear to us and that we come to admire from all over the world. I wanted to explore and discover these mountains, of which I frankly did not know many names, shapes and locations. It was very exotic and very beautiful.
© Laurent Willenegger,

11 December 2020 - International Mountain Day