Mountain Biodiversity Day


One voice to protect Mountains, Wildlife and People in times of global change

13 January 2021
Interactive online event
9 AM – 5:30 PM (CET)

With their rich biodiversity and vital ecosystems, mountains play a key role for the well-being of people worldwide and for the protection of biodiversity on a global scale. However, these precious environments are strongly exposed to climate change, pollution and land use changes that threaten their flora and fauna as well as local mountain communities. Effective tools and mechanisms are needed to protect mountain biodiversity. Mountain regions can offer multiple approaches for adaptation and sustainable responses to climate change that strengthen the resilience of wildlife and people. The Alpine and Carpathian Convention, as the two mountain conventions, can provide valuable insights into interregional coordination and can give incentives to join forces in protecting precious mountain environments.  

The one-day event offers a platform for discussions between experts and representatives from mountain regions all over the world, working in the field of biodiversity, with a strong focus on mountains. The main goal is to share experiences, identify shared challenges and showcase best-practice examples and solutions from various regional perspectives. As an outcome of the event, a Joint message on the importance of protecting global mountain biodiversity will be developed to be then taken forward to major global events such as the IUCN World Conservation Congress.


The Mountain Biodiversity Day is hosted by the outgoing French Presidency of the Alpine Convention in cooperation with the French Presidency of the EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). The event is jointly coordinated by the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Presentations "Global mountains"


Keynote: “Perspectives from the United Nations Environment Programme on the global agenda for the protection of mountain biodiversity” by Bruno Pozzi (Director Europe Office, United Nations Environment Programme)


OEWG Co-chairs Update the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: The Global agenda for protecting biodiversity to 2050 by Francis Ogwal and Basile van Havre (National Environment Management Authority of Uganda, Co-Chair OEWG on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework)) 


Mountain biodiversity, ecosystem services and people in times of climate change: a perspective from the Eastern Himalayas by Nakul Chettri (Regional Programme Manager, Transboundary Landscape, ICIMOD)


Increasing socio-ecological resilience of mountains by Adrienne Grêt-Regamey (Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS), ETH Zürich)


The Hindu Kush Himalaya: A repository of biocultural diversity and global biodiversity hotspots by Srijana Joshi (Ecosystem Specialist, ICIMOD) 


Mountains of Tajikistan by Mirzo N. Mirzoev (Conservationist, Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan)


ANDES: Threats of agrobiodiversity loss, climate action and food for health by Stef de Haan (Scientist Andean Food Systems & lead Andean Initiative, International Potato Center)


Conservation of Mountain Gorillas: Land-use change, intensive agriculture and zoonotic diseases by James Byamukama (Program Coordinator, Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration), Pauliina Upla (Associate Programme Officer UN Environment Programme)


Interview: Bhutan Tiger Center Department of Forests and Park Services Ministry of Agriculture and Forests Royal Government of Bhutan by Dr. Tshering Tempa (Director of the Bhutan Tiger Center under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of the Royal Government of Bhutan)


Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube basin - ConnectGREEN by Cristian-Remus Papp, Wildlife and Landscape National Manager, ConnectGREEN Project


Bringing mountains and PAs back into our lives by Isidoro de Bortoli (Project manager, EURAC Research)


Thematic opening by Chris Walzer (Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna / Executive Director of Health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York / USA) 



Presentations "Alps"

Management of Biodiversity in daily practical work by Dr. Massimo Bocca (Director Mont Avic Natural Park, Aosta/I) with the collaboration of Daniele Baroni and Daria Priod


Alpine habitats and species – an outstanding but threatened world. Impacts of global change, adaption strategies, wildlife management. Case studies from Alpine mammal movement ecology by Francesca Cagnacci (Edmund Mach Fondation, Trento / I)


Long term ecological research in the European Alps to uncover effects of Global Change (especially climate change and biological invasions) by Prof. Dr. Ingolf Kühn (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle / D)


The use of forests as nature-based solution to better integrate protection of biodiversity, natural risks management and climate change mitigation in the Alps by Cédric Conteau (Commissariat de massif des Alpes - ANCT),Sandrine Descotes-Genon (Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes),Cécile Cadet (Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)


Ecological connectivity in the Alps – a strategy to strengthen biodiversity for the whole Alpine space? by Ruedi Haller (Swiss National Park)



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Capturing the Ghost: Video on Snow leopard conservation under UNEP's Vanishing Treasures Programme
The last AscentDocumentary about glacier loss on Kilimanjaro by ice climber and UNEP Mountain Hero Will Gadd
DANUBEPARKS: One river two mountains - ecological connectivity works



Resources/Background information/Links

UNEP Mountain Policy Brief

Declaration of the XVI Alpine Conference on the Protection of Mountain Biodiversity and its Promotion at International Level

Global segment

UNEP Vanishing Treasures Programme on endangered mountain species (with local stories from Bhutan, Tajikistan and the Virungas and species and climate change briefs)

Report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

UNGA resolution on sustainable mountain development (2019)

UNEP Press Release on the Run Wild campaign to raise awareness for the need to protect wildlife on a global level

UNEP project on climate change knowledge and adaptation solutions in mountains: Adaptation at Altitude: Mountains at the frontline of climate change 

Carpathian region



Report on "Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in the Danube-Carpathian Region"


Alpine segment

ALPBIONET2030 - Spatial analysis and perspectives of (ecological) connectivity in the wider Alpine areas

Alpine Nature 2030 - Creating [ecological] connectivity for generations to come

What is Nature Deficit Disorder?


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