A Global Strategy for Amphibian Conservation

After a year long consultation process with members of the scientific and conservation community, the first revision to the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) has now been completed. The Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) thematic working groups developed a broad list of priority actions designed to address specific challenges in their field (short-term actions should be achievable in 6-12 months, and medium-term actions achievable in 1-5 years).

Working with the ASG we have translated these actions into items we should be able to make significant progress on within the next 12 months. At the end of this period we will be going back to the ASG to provide an update on progress and reassess the priority actions.

This process will lead to annual updating of amphibian conservation, research and education priorities for the community and help to ensure we progress towards larger goals.

ACAP

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In the Wild

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In Captivity

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One Green Health

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Communication and Education

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During the process of identifying priority actions it became clear that there were a number of actions that were similar across multiple groups. These actions need to be addressed at a higher community level and involve a greater number of stakeholders than many of the specific actions identified these other sections. Many of these actions are broad scientific questions that will need to be addressed by the academic community while others hinge on the effective implementation of collaborative IT solutions.

  • Build collaborations with six academic institutions to encourage resource allocation towards amphibian research.
  • Develop a seed grant fund and actively promote all seed grants focused on amphibians.
  • Develop annual list of research priorities across all thematic areas and disseminate on the Science Zone, disseminate on social media, and highlight inFrogLog .
  • Identify six people willing to translate guidance documents.
  • Identify list of six institutions willing to host interns. Obtain USD 20,000 dollars in annual funding for internship programs.
  • Develop reference library to be hosted online and accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Support and develop initiatives with existing training providers.
  • Identify gaps in training and capacity building coverage for amphibian conservation, research and education.
  • Produce a database with known and documented points of origin (collection localities) for all species listed in CITES.
  • Collect environmental / habitat data for threatened and priority species
  • Establish central open-access database for amphibian reintroductions.
  • Utilize new tools in GIS and spatial and landscape ecology to identify and assess priority types of habitats.
  • Design and agree on five protocols, data sharing etc.