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Europe's mountains: rich in biodiversity but increasingly vulnerable

To promote the study of mountain organisms the GMBA has set up a Mountain Biodiversity Portal http://www.mountainbiodiversity.org.

To promote the study of mountain organisms the GMBA has set up a Mountain Biodiversity Portal http://www.mountainbiodiversity.org. @

In its study 10 Messages for 2010 - Mountain Ecosystems the European Environmental Agency takes a closer look at Europe's mountain regions. Compared with the lowlands, regions above the tree line are home to a richer variety of plant and animal species. The biggest threats include land abandonment, intensification of agriculture, infrastructure development, unsustainable exploitation and climate change.
In the EEA's assessment, managing mountains sustainable relies on effective co-operation policies, such as the Alpine Convention, and on actions at regional and local levels. The mountain researchers from all over the world who convened at the conference organised by the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) were also of the view that mountain biodiversity is crucial for humankind. Species-rich populations for example provide better protection against erosion than species-poor ones.
Sources and further information: www.eea.europa.eu/highlights, http://naturschutz.ch/news/alpen (de), http://gmba.unibas.ch/2010conference/2010conference