About the GMA

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The Global Mammal Assessment (GMA) is a programme carried out at the Department of Biology and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, a member of the IUCN Red List Partnership. Our laboratory includes a mix of researchers, PhD students, Masters students and Program Officers dedicated to the assessment of mammal extinction risk, the development of mammal distribution maps, the forecast of scenarios of future native mammal loss and introduced mammals invasion during global change (see research themes).

The tasks of the GMA program include:

  • Keeping up to date information on the ecology, distribution, status and threats to all mammal species worldwide and updating the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Coordinating together with over 35 mammal Specialist Groups (within the IUCN Species Survival Commission) to help bring the best science to bare to improve decision making.
  • Prioritizing regions of the world, species, and conservation actions to prevent extinctions with the available conservation resources.
  • Publishing key findings in scientific and general literature to advance the science and policies surrounding mammal conservation efforts.

We aim to support conservation decisions with the best available mammal data globally.

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Upcoming symposium at ECCB 2012

3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology
Glasgow 28 August – 1 Septemper 2012

Global biodiversity scenarios to inform environmental policies

Piero Visconti, Carlo Rondinini, Thomas Brooks, Beng-Gunnar Jonsson

The aim of this symposium is twofold: first, to introduce to SCB delegates the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, also dubbed “the IPCC for biodiversity and ecosystem services”); second, to describe some of the current efforts to model and predict the effect of global policy change on biodiversity. The two aims are intertwined because the main goal of IBPES is to prioritize and collect the research needed to inform global decisions on biodiversity and ecosystem services-related policy. The goals and organization of IPBES will the topic of the first talk.