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The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) is a cross-cutting network of DIVERSITAS with the task to explore and explain the great biological richness of the mountains of the world.

2015-03-23New Belmont Call for Mountain Research Proposals

A Belmont Call on "Mountains as Sentinels of Change" is now open, including the theme "Ecosystems and Biodiversity"! The Belmont Forum is a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils, funding Future Earth research themes. Let us know if you are interested and/or need help, e.g. looking for research partners.

Timeline

  • Closing Date for Submission of Proposals: 1st June 2015, 11:59 PM UTC
  • Opening Date for Full-Proposal Submission: 3rd August 2015
  • Closing Date for Submission of Full-Proposals: 30th October 2015, 11:59 PM UTC
  • Panel for Decision: December 2015
  • Projects start: March 2016

More information: https://bfgo.org/

2015-03-02New GMBA Mountain Portal online

The first version of the new GMBA mountain biodiversity portal is now available at the same address as the old one: www.mountainbiodiversity.org.

You can browse through mountain regions of the world, get lists of expected amphibians, birds, and mammals of each mountain region. The portal is still under construction and additional features will be added.

2015-02-12Conference Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth

An international conference in Perth, Scotland, 4-8 October 2015

The Centre for Mountain Studies, in collaboration with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and GMBA, is organising a third conference – Perth III – on ‘Mountains of Our Future Earth’. This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.

Online registration will be open by the end of April 2015.
For more information visit the Conference Website.

2015-02-06VIII Southern Connection Congress 2016

Punta Arenas, Chile, January 18-23th 2016

The conference will be held at the Universidad de Magallanes campus in Punta Arenas, Chile. Accommodation, conference programme and registration information will be provided in March 2015. Suggestions for symposia and workshops are welcome. Please write directly to Dr. Mary T. Kalin Arroyo, President of the Scientific Committee (southern[at]uchile.cl), no later than 1 May 2015.

For more information see http://www.umag.cl/southernconnection2016/

2015-01-19Alpine Ecology: Summer School on Alpine Plant Life

ALPFOR, Alpine Research and Education Station, Furka pass, Swiss Central Alps, 20-25 July 2015

This graduate course is organised by the University of Basel and the Zürich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) for advanced biology students with basic plant science training. Course topics include microclimatology, population and vegetation ecology, biodiversity, ecophysiology and ecosystem ecology. The course will include lectures, field excursions and project work. The number of participants is limited to 25 students.

Costs:
300 CHF for accomodation and full board during the course, travel has to be organised by the participants. For PhD students of the PSC PhD Program in Plant Sciences part of the course costs will be covered by the PSC.

Registration:
Preregistration 1 March 2015, Acceptance information 1 April 2015, Firm registration 1 June 2015
franziska.grob[at]unibas.ch or MOnA for students of University of Basel, or via PSC for PSC students.

Further information:
http://www.alpfor.ch
https://botanik.unibas.ch/studium/feldkurse/
http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/index.html

2015-01-08Results of the international project greenAlps

Biodiversity is a foundation for human wellbeing. However, strategies for its protection are not implemented effectively and projects often do not have the desired effect. The partners of the international project greenAlps recommend that in order to protect biodiversity decision makers develop and implement an integrated, cross-sectoral landscape vision for the Alps, with concrete targets and implementation steps.

The project greenAlps ran from September 2013 to November 2014. It was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Alpine Space Programme. It has been implemented by eight partners from six Alpine countries. The results are now available in a series of publications aimed at different target groups, including political decision makers, contributors to other projects, and programme authorities. All project publications are available at the project website www.greenalps-project.eu

For further questions please contact Yann Kohler (yann.kohler[at]alparc.org) or Guido Plassmann (guido.plassmann[at]alparc.org), Alpine Network of Protected Areas ALPARC

2014-12-18New brochure: Mountains and Climate Change: a global concern

The publication was officially launched at the International Mountain Day (11.12.2014) at a side event in the Mountain Pavilion at COP 20 in Lima by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and partners.

It features a chapter on Mountain Biodiversity by GMBA, including case studies on Iranian Mountain Flora and protective forests in mountains.

Download the brochure here (PDF, 19.8 MB).

2014-12-18New paper on red panda

A publication by Falk Huettmann (former GMBA Steering Committee) and collaborators working with open access online data on red panda distribution in the Himalayas.

Kamal Kandel, Falk Huettmann, Madan Krishna Suwal, Ganga Ram Regmi, Vincent Nijman, K.A.I. Nekaris, Sonam Tashi Lama, Arjun Thapa, Hari Prasad Sharma, Tulsi Ram Subedi (2015) Rapid multi-nation distribution assessment of a charismatic conservation species using open access ensemble model GIS predictions: Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region. Biological Conservation 181: 150-161

Download the paper here or ask the GMBA office for a pdf at gmba[at]unibas.ch


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