Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Indicators for Elevating Mountains in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

In November 2020, the CBD Subsidiary Body On Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (CBD/SBSTTA/24/3Add.13) released a set of indicators to support the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This brief highlights the indicators considered the most important for safeguarding mountain biodiversity and ecosystem integrity. Indicators are in line with previous policy recommendations presented at the CBD Open-Ended Working Groups (OEWG-1 and EOOEWG-2) to elevate mountains in the GBF Global Biodiversity Framework. The document provides also rationale for adoption of such indicators at multiple levels and suggestions of additional indicators for further considerations.

This brief was prepared by GRID-Arendal and the UN Environment Programme in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA). It received financial support from the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through the Vanishing Treasures project programme.