The IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) is the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) global volunteer network of dedicated experts who donate their time and expertise to create a community from where practical amphibian conservation can be advanced based on a solid foundation of science. This network currently consists of over 500 members in over 40 Regions/Countries, enabling the ASG to act on a global scale.

Our Mission

The Amphibian Specialist Group provides the scientific foundation to inform effective amphibian conservation action around the world.

More specifically, the ASG stimulates, develops and conducts scientific research to inform the conservation of amphibians and their habitats around the world, supports the assessment of the conservation status of amphibian biodiversity and informs the general public of amphibian conservation-related issues and priorities. This is attained by supporting and mobilizing a global network of members to develop capacity, improve coordination and integration so as to achieve shared, strategic amphibian conservation goals.

How does the ASG work?

The ASG has several strategic components that allow it to take a multi-pronged approach to global amphibian research and conservation. Below you’ll find links to some of ASG’s key components. The details of how ASG is organized and how it works are covered in its 2015-2016 Strategic Plan. For further detailed information, please refer to this document.

ACAP and Thematic Working Groups

The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) was first published in 2007, following a seminal Amphibian Conservation Summit in Washington, DC, in 2005. In 2015, ASG updated ACAP and changed its format to become a living document, with the intent of converting it into a practical framework for global amphibian conservation, which would be updated regularly and would best reflect more recent developments and needs.

ACAP is updated by ASG Thematic Working Groups that align with the original ACAP chapters and is used by the Amphibian Survival Alliance to give direction to its strategic conservation actions.


Regional Groups

Although the ASG is global in scope, it also works at the regional/national levels, and the activities in regions/countries are led by Regional Chairs. Regional Chairs are responsible for coordinating and organizing ASG activities within their respective regions, and represent the ASG within their communities and among regional stakeholders.


Amphibian Red List Authority

The Amphibian Red List Authority (Amphibian RLA) oversees the process of updating, maintaining and curating amphibian assessments in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Amphibian RLA is thus the branch of the ASG that devotes itself to maintaining amphibian extinction risk assessments.  Since late 2015 the Amphibian RLA has a small Central Coordination Team that will be devoting its efforts to complete the update of the 2004 Global Amphibian Assessement by the end of 2016.


We invite you to browse through our pages and learn more about the work we do across the globe.