Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Contribution to mountain biodiversity science

Mission

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.

Goals

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

Role

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).