Biodiversity Monitoring Center of Mediterranean Mountains

In 2016 the Biodiversity Monitoring Center of Mediterranean Mountains (Centre de Monitoratge de la Biodiversitat de Muntanyes Mediterrànies, CMBMM) was created in the Sant Llorenç del Munt i serra del Obac Natural Park, promoted by the Diputació de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona (Equip de Biologia de la Conservació del Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals and IRBio). It is an innovative initiative in Catalonia and Spain, providing ideas and knowledge about the various initiatives of institutions, organizations and researchers that monitor biodiversity in Catalonia. The Centre is also inspired by three centres and/or monitoring systems: the Kluane Community Ecological Monitoring Program (CEMP) promoted by Dr. Charles Krebs of the University of British Columbia in Canada; the Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment, in Australia, promoted by the Australian government and the Australian National University; the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, in New Hampshire (United States).

The main objective of the Centre is to carry out and promote long-term monitoring of biodiversity as a tool for understanding the status of species, habitats and ecological processes within the framework of local and global change. The knowledge obtained should be useful in detecting variations and trends in biodiversity, anticipating management and conservation actions to reverse, if necessary, negative trends in biodiversity, as well as being able to establish adaptive management.

The Centre’s initial working area is the Sant Llorenç del Munt Natural Park, a representative area of Mediterranean ecosystems, but at the same time with particularities that give it relevance (like endemisms, threatened species, specific trophic networks and conservation problems) and a suitable context in which to establish representative indicators of species, habitats, ecological processes and factors of change.

It is also intended to create synergies, promote and integrate monitoring of different areas (protected areas) by unite efforts with different administrations, researchers, professionals, NGOs that carry out monitoring, with the intention that monitoring networks can be established on a wider scale, and above all to provide support and information on monitoring protocols and also on results to public and private managers of biodiversity and professionals, as well as to disseminate knowledge to the general public.

The new Center, located in La Mata de Mura building in the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac. Photo: Vicenç Bros.
A researcher from the Conservation Biology Group during small mammals monitoring tasks. Photo: Roger-Puig-Gironès (CBG-UB).
A forest ranger of the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac developing a monitoring program for invertebrates. Photo: Vicenç Bros (PNSLL).
Descàrrega de documents
  • Balanç de seguiments CMBMM 2019: pdf
  • Memòria del CMBMM 2017: pdf
  • Llistat de seguiments prioritaris del CMBMM: pdf
  • Oferta de TFG i TFM del CMBMM per al curs 2019-2020 i 2020-2021: pdf

Protocols de seguiment:

  • Protocol producció d’aglans: pdf
  • Protocol producció de bolets: pdf
  • Protocol mamífers carnívors i ungulats: pdf
  • Protocol conill: pdf
  • Protocol esquirols: pdf
  • Protocol falcó pelegrí: pdf
  • Protocol fruits carnosos: pdf
  • Protocol gamarús: pdf
  • Protocol habitat: pdf
  • Protocol micromamífers: pdf
  • Protocol necromassa: pdf
  • Protocol ocells: pdf
  • Protocol ortòpters: pdf
  • Protocol producció pinyes: pdf
  • Protocol rapinyaires: pdf



To all the people and institutions who have supported this project:

  • Universitat de Barcelona: Xavier Santos, Toni Hernández-Matías, Marc López-Roig, Jordi Serra-Cobo, Jordi Alberch, Eudald Pujol-Buxó, Esteve Llop, Eduardo Mateos, Antoni Serra and Àlex Rollan.
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Llorenç Sáez.
  • Universitat de Girona: Pere Pons, Josep Rost and Crisanto Gómez.
  • University of British Columbia: Charles Krebs and Alice Kenney.
  • University of Alberta: Stan Boutin.
  • Australian National University: Adrian Manning.
  • University of Canberra: Brian Cooke.
  • Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya: Lluís Brotons, Jordi Camprodon and Dani Villero.
  • Museu de Granollers: Ignasi Torre and Constantí Stefanescu.
  • Institut català d’ornitologia: Sergi Herrando.
  • CREAF: Lluís Comas and Javier Retana.
  • Fundació Bosch i Gimpera: Anna Giménez.
  • Diputació de Barcelona: Vicenç Bros, Toni Mampel, Ramon Espinach, Pilar Fernández, María Angeles Palacio, Laura Saurí, Josep Torrentó, Josep Canals, Jordi Padrós, Jordi Bellapart, Joan Puigdollers, David Carrera, Carles Castell, Angel Miño, Albert Peris and Adrià Fàbrega.


Related links
  • Balanç dels seguiments de biodiversitat al Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac l’any 2019 (28/06/2020): See
  • Mountain boots, binoculars and lanterns to help in the census of nocturnal birds of prey (10/01/2019): See
  • New Biodiversity Monitoring Center of Mediterranean Mountains (07/08/2017): See
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