As marmots are strongly linked to the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage of the different countries where they live,
As our studies show that of the 14 currently recognized species at least 5 are considered threatened, with 3 of them already listed in the IUCN Red Data Book:
In order to optimize the conservation of the biodiversity of the genus Marmota, the Fourth World Marmot Conference decided to establish a Marmot World Observatory in order to collect, at the State and country level, information on the state of conservation of the different species. This Observatory will have a central coordinator and national correspondents. The goal will be to establish a public datavase and a GIS on marmot numbers and distribution.
The participants to the Fourth World Marmot Conference recommend the establishment of a Marmot specialist group in the IUCN to promote standards necessary to ensure marmot conservation.
The participants to the Fourth World Marmot Conference suggest that the IUCN in collaboration with the IMN prepare and publish a book on the status of Marmots in the different countries and to develop an Action Plan to co-ordinate the conservation efforts at the World level.
The participants to the Fourth World Marmot Conference decided that the Fifth World Marmot Conferenceque will be held in 2005. The place of the Conference will be decided by a vote on the Internet after examining the candidate's proposals.