The Center for Global Mountain Safeguard Research is home to Bolzano’s GLOMOS office and therefore it represents both the first official UN duty station in South Tyrol and the only UNU duty station in Italy.
GLOMOS is a joint research programme between Eurac Research and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) based in Bonn. As an official UN programme, GLOMOS represents an interface between the international mountain research community and the UN system. Through conducting applied and transdisciplinary research, the programme supports livelihoods and sustainable mountain development. Against this background, GLOMOS also facilitates a greater recognition of mountain-related aspects within scientifically informed policymaking and international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
GLOMOS researchers are involved in advancing research in global mountain areas, connecting theory, and practice in order to increase the resilience of these extremely important, yet vulnerable ecosystems and their inhabitants. Research fields include climate change adaptation and mitigation, ecosystem services and biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response preparedness. The goal of GLOMOS is to contribute to the development of mountain communities’ resilience towards natural and man-made hazards and disaster risks, to protect the wealth of biological and cultural diversity in mountain areas, and to support adaptive solutions and sustainable transformation processes in these highly sensitive systems, first and foremost in the Global South.
GLOMOS’s research fields focus on turning science into action by linking these international frameworks to global, regional, and local mountain challenges.
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International Mountain Day themed Biodiversity:
Mountain ecosystems are of exceptional importance for the conservation of biodiversity worldwide and in South Tyrol
On the occasion of the International Mountain Day, AVS, together with the Centre GLOMOS and the Biodiversity Monitoring team of Eurac Research, draws attention to the special importance of mountain ecosystems for biodiversity.