Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Mountain biodiversity science

Floral biodiversity in mountains

GMBA supports and facilitates mountain biodiversity science via working groups, research projects, and focused thematic initiatives. It promotes inter-and transdisciplinary science in various thematic areas.

Mountain biodiversity science: thematic priorities

Globally integrated assessment and monitoring of biodiversity (species, populations, traits) requires interdisciplinary research and a close collaboration between observational, remote sensing, and modelling communities that are collecting and using spatio-temporally explicit biodiversity or environmental data to capture, report on, and predict ongoing changes, and to develop integrated knowledge products (e.g. map layers).

Current efforts focus on providing the mountain biodiversity community with a platform for mountain biodiversity data visualization, supporting long-term assessment and monitoring efforts, and bridging gaps with the remote sensing community.

Current working groups

Developing effective valuation, policy, governance, and management approaches to safeguard the biodiversity underpinning human well-being in mountains and achieve international sustainable development agendas requires a thorough understanding of the relationship between nature and people in mountains under global change.

Current efforts focus on improving existing knowledge on the importance of mountain biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services and ultimately for human well-being in mountains and beyond, on understanding the effects of direct and indirect drivers of change on the relationship between nature and people in mountains, and on assessing the importance and role of biodiversity for sustainable development in mountains.

Current working group

Current project