developed by DIVERSITAS Cross-cutting Networks cover topics such
as mountain biodiversity, freshwaterBIODIVERSITY,
agroBIODIVERSITY, and invasive species.
Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity
This book contains research presented at two Global Mountain Biodiversity
Assessment workshops held in Moshi, Tanzania and La Paz, Bolivia.
It includes an overview chapter on high elevation land use, biodiversity,
and ecosystem functioning. A synthesis was prepared on impacts
on highland biodiversity, with a focus on fire and grazing. Examples
from the tropical Andes and Africa, the European Alps, and the
Himalayas reveal valuable data and references.
Land use change is the most important of all global change
impacts on mountain biodiversity, and has the greatest impact
on its ecosystem integrity and biological richness. Land Use Change
and Mountain Biodiversity focuses on the interplay between disturbances
in mountains, primarily anthropogenic in origin, and the mountain
biota that determine responses to this disturbance. At the core
of this issue is how species and landscape diversity buffers the
anthropogenic impacts. Many of the themes also have ecological
applications beyond mountain regions.
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Researchers of developing countries can apply for a free
book copy at the GMBA secretariat.
The number of available copies is limited, so could you let them
know (1) your research interests, (2) if the book will be used
for teaching purposes, (3) if the book will be made available
to a larger audience (e.g. university library)
Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment
EM, Körner Ch (2005)
This brochure offers fast facts on mountain biodiversity and
top reasons to promote conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems. It
also provides information on current GMBA projects, activities, and its structure.
small version 724 KB, PDF
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TREE Publication on GMBA Workshop held at ESA 2004 conference
The results of a GMBA workshop on functional
significance of mountain biodiversity, organised by William Bowman
of the University of Boulder/Colorado, are reflected in a paper
published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution on the role of aboveground-belowground
relationships in controlling ecosystem processes and properties,
using examples mainly of the alpine zone.
Richard D. Bardgett et al. 2005. A temporal approach to linking
aboveground and belowground ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,
Click here to download the article.
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Chapter on Mountain Ecosystems
GMBA coordinated and contributed to the chapter on
the status and trends in Mountain Ecosystems of the Millennium Ecosystem
chapter assesses the available knowledge on physical, biological,
economic, and social conditions in the world's mountain areas
and describes their likely future.
Körner, C., Ohsawa, M. et al, 2005: Mountain Systems.
Chapter 24 in: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005. Current
State and Trends: Findings of the Condition and Trends Working
Group. Ecosystems and Human Well-being, vol.1, Island Press,
Please take a look at http://www.MAweb.org . Electronic
copies can be ordered through the GMBA
Ecological Studies 167:
Alpine Biodiversity in Europe
L. Nagy, G. Grabherr, Ch. Körner, D.B.A. Thompson (Eds.)
all of Europe, this volume synthesises taxonomic, ecological, historical,
functional and climatic studies to develop a holistic understanding
of biodiversity at and above the treeline. Main themes include:
plant, vegetation and animal diversity, altitude gradients and spatial
patterns, long-term changes and the effects of herbivores on diversity.
These themes are introduced by a geo-biological scene setting and
by a novel characterisation of alpine bio-climate. Comparisons of
current and long-term observations and data emphasise the historical
tradition of alpine biodiversity research in Europe. Analyses of
taxonomic and assembly data, at the continent-wide scale, provide
insight into pattern and its historical and ecological causes.
- La Paz Research Agenda on land use effects on tropical
and subtropical mountain biodiversity
In: DIVERSITAS Newsletter no. 5, 2003, p. 14.
Mountain biodiversity: a global assessment
Körner Ch and Spehn EM (eds.) (2002)
book is a contribution to the International Year of the Mountains
in 2002. It brings together knowledge from around the world,
gathered from contributions to the first international conference
on mountain biodiversity, its function and change. For book
orders please contact The Parthenon Publishing Group
Körner Ch, Spehn EM, Messerli B (2001)
brochure is the executive summary of the 1st International
Conference on Mountain Biodiversity Assessment 2000 (Rigi-Kaltbad,
Switzerland), published by the Swiss Academy of Sciences in
cooperation with the United Nations University UNU (Tokyo)
Order a free paper copy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vörösmarty C, Lettenmaier D, Leveque C, Meybeck M, Pahl-Wostl C, Alcamo J, Cosgrove W, Grassl H, Hoff H, Kabat P, Lansigan F, Lawford R and Naiman R. (as members of the Framing Committee of the GWSP). Humans Transforming the Global Water System. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 85(48): 509:520. 2004 .
Alcamo J, Grassl H, Hoff H, Kabat P, Lansigan F, Lawford R, Lettenmaier D, Leveque C, Meybeck M, Naiman R, Pahl-Wostl C and Vörösmarty C. (eds. Framing Committee of the GWSP, 2004). The Global Water System Project: Science Framework and Implementation Activities. Earth System Science Partnership. 2004
freshwaterBIODIVERSITY Science Plan (2006)
The Science Plan and Implementation Strategy of the DIVERSITAS cross-cutting theme freshwaterBIODIVERSITY: Challenges for freshwater biodiversity research
freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges
by David Dudgeon et al.
Biological Review (2006), 81, pp. 163-182
Click here for the full article
Angela Arthington et al.: The
Challenge of Providing Environmental Flow Rules to Sustain River Ecosystems,
Ecological Applications, 16(4), 2006, pp. 1311-1318
Schröter D, Brussaard L, De Deyn G, Poveda K, Brown VK, Berg MP, Wardle DA, Moore J, Wall DH. Trophic interactions in a changing world: modeling aboveground–belowground interactions. Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 515-528. 2004
Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes: Saving Natural Capital without losing Interest
by Charles Perrings et al.
Editorial in Conservation Biology Volume 20, No. 2, 263–264, April 2006
Click here to read the full article
agroBIODIVERSITY Science Plan (2005)
Science Plan and Implementation Strategy of the DIVERSITAS cross
cutting theme agroBIODIVERSITY: A new science agenda
for biodiversity in support of sustainable agroecosystem
Invasive Species Project (GISP)
A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines:
The Growing Threat of Species Invasions
by Y. Baskin (2002);
Shearwater Books/Island Press, Washington, D.C.
A Global Strategy on Invasive Alien Species
by J.A. Mc Neely, H.A. Mooney, L.E. Neville, P. Schei,
J.K. Waage (eds.) (2001)
IUCN in collaboration with the Global Invasive Species Programme,
Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
Invasive alien species:
A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices
by R. Wittenberg adn M.J.W. Cock
(2001); CAB International, Wallingford,
The Great Reshuffling: Human Dimensions of Invasive
by J.A. Mc Neely (ed.) (2001); IUCN, Gland,
Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
A Guide to Designing Legal and Institutional Frameworks
on Alien Invasive Species
by C. Shine, N. Williams, L.
Gundling (2000); IUCN, Gland, Switzerland,
Cambridge and Bonn.
Invasive Species in a Changing World
by H.A. Mooney
and R.J. Hobbs (2000); Island Press.
Patterns and pathways of biological invasions
Everett (2000); Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15:5:177-178.
The Ecology of Invasions
by M. Williamson (2000); In
G. Preston, A.G. Brown and E. van Wyk (eds.) Best Management
Practices for Preventing and Controlling
Invasive Alien Species. Symposium Proceedings, Cape Town,
South Africa: Working for Water Programme.
The Economics of Biololgical Invasions
by C. Perrings,
M. Williams and S. Dalmazzone (eds.) (2000); Edited
by Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
A global strategy for dealing with alien invasive species
H.A. Mooney (1999); In O.T. Sandlund, P.J. Schei and
A. Viken, eds. Invasive Species and Biodiversity Management.
Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
Does global change increase the success of biological
by J.S. Dukes and H.A. Mooney (1999); Trends
in Ecology and Evolution 14: 135-139.
Species without frontiers
by H.A. Mooney (1999); Nature 397: 665-666.
The Global Invasive Species Program (GISP)
by H.A. Mooney
(1999); Biological Invasions 1:97-98.
Space Invaders: Modelling the Distribution, Impacts
and Control of Alien Organisms
by R.W.J Dean (1998); Trends
in Ecology and Evolution 13: 256-258.
Winners and losers in a changing world
by Y. Baskin (1998);
BioScience 48: 788-792.
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