Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Sponsored workshop on the contribution of Long-Term Social Ecological Research to global conventions and agendas

On October 02-04, 2019, 22 experts from 12 different countries got together in the botanical garden of Champex-Lac (Switzerland) to discuss the contribution of Long-Term Social Ecological Research in mountains to global agendas and conventions. The objective of the workshop was to deliver a synthetic overview of how mountain LTSER currently support global policy agendas and UN conventions and how their contribution could be improved and strengthened in the future. The first day started with a series of input from representatives of global conventions and agendas, followed by contributions from the scientific community covering a wide range of scientific contexts, challenges, and practices. The second day was spent in discussions towards a series of key messages for publication and dissemination.
Inputs at global scale were provided by UN Environment, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), and the Integrated European Long-­Term Ecosystem and Socio-­Ecological Research Infrastructure (eLTER ESFRI). Inputs from the scientific community were delivered by representatives from South and North America, South Africa, China, Australia, Norway, France, and Scotland, with additional thematic contributions on the use of remote sensing and of emerging technologies in LTSER.
This event, which was an activity of the GMBA working group on long-term social-ecological research in mountains, was hosted by the Jardin Flore-Alpe / Alpine Center for Phytogeography and his new director Dr. Christophe Randin and sponsored by the Mountain Research Initiative, which is hosting the Group on Earth Observations Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO GNOME), as well as the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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On the picture, back (left to right): David Lindenmayer (Australia), Brad Carlson (France), Christophe Randin (Switzerland), Jean-Paul Theurillat (Switzerland), Marco Spasojevic (USA), Virginie Girard (France), Jose Romero (Switzerland), Nancy Emery (USA), Eeva Soininen (Norway), Flore Lafaye de Micheaux (Switzerland), Sylvia Haider (Germany), Clinton Carbutt (South Africa), Adam Wilson (USA), Iago Otero (Switzerland), Harald Pauli (Austria), Thomas Walker (Switzerland), Glenn Litsios (Switzerland), Weihua Xu (China). Front (left to right): Eoardo Cremonese (Italy), Aino Kulonen (Switzerland), Ezequiel Araos (Argentina), Sabine Rumpf (Switzerland), Jan Dick (Scottland), Davnah Payne (Switzerland)