The frogs of Madagascar are one of the richest groups of amphibians in the world with currently around 290 described anuran species. Madagascar ranks 12th in the world for amphibian species richness, but this is likely an underestimate, due to the many species still being discovered and identified. Amphibian diversity is concentrated in the country’s rainforests and can impressively reach over 100 species locally. Impressively, 99.8% of the species and 88% of the genera are strictly endemic to Madagascar and its inshore islands. Most of these species belong to two highly successful radiations of astonishing ecological diversity. So far, no extinctions of amphibian species have been reported from Madagascar, however, chytridiomycosis, a threat for amphibians globally, was recently detected in Madagascar and although there has not yet been any evidence of catastrophic mortalities, this new scenario calls even more urgently for the coordination of the conservation activities across Madagascar. The conservation of Malagasy amphibians has long been an important issue, with the need for coordination and collaboration between researchers and stakeholders repeatedly stressed. This, has been achieved, amongst other initiatives, by the organisation of the first ACSAM meeting in 2006.
Our Funding Goal
Funding initiatives like ACSAM 2 isn’t cheap but the conservation return can be huge. ACSAM 2 is going to bring together experts from around the world to share experiences, build partnerships and develop effective strategies for the conservation of Malagasy amphibians. To make this possible we need to raise USD$36,000 that will support bringing experts to the meeting from around the world and throughout Madagascar.
Outputs & Publications
We plan to publish the papers/contributions presented at the workshop mainly as extended summaries on the Web (e.g. as a supplement of FrogLog). We expect to make available the texts before the workshop itself. Other outputs following the workshop will include an updated ACSAM and Sahonagasy Action Plan along with news articles in appropriate publications.
Thank you to the following people and organizations who have helped to support ACSAM 2:
Mr. Hugh Barry Ferguson, Societas Herpetologica Italica, Herpetological Society of Ireland, Thoiry Zoo, Rebecca Stobbart, Mr. Erik Olson, Detroit Zoological Society Parc Zoologique de Paris, Parco Natura Viva, Nicole Chaney, Becca Wier, CGO Ecology Ltd , Omaha Zoo, Vahatra, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group, Amphibian Ark and Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Place & Timing
The first ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar) was held in Antananarivo 2006. Now, eight years later we believe there is an urgent need for a new meeting to review and update the first ACSAM, also in view of the confirmed presence of the lethal chytrid fungus in Madagascar. This will allow the consolidation and presentation of the results obtained in the intervening years, 2 review progress, gather new ideas and identify targets for the forthcoming years to conserve the amphibian megadiversity of Madagascar.
The meeting will be held at Centre ValBio in Ranomafana from 18-22 November 2014. Easily reachable by car from Antananarivo, Centre ValBio is a state of the art research station has excellent workshop and conference facilities and successfully hosted the 2013 International Prosimian Congress.
Franco Andreone, Angelica Crottini, Jeff Dawson, Eileen Larney, Tsanta F. Rakotonanahary, Falitiana C.E. Rabemananjara, Nirhy Rabibisoa, Gonçalo M. Rosa.
Franco Andreone, John E. Cadle, Angelica Crottini, Don Church, Jeff Dawson Devin Edmonds, Matt Fisher, Gerardo Garcia, Frank Glaw, Julian Glos, Joern Koehler, Sahondra Rabesihanaka, Falitiana Rabemananjara, Jean Baptiste Ramanamanjato, Nirhy Rabibisoa, Christian Randrianantoandro, Achille P. Raselimanana, Hanta Razafindraibe, Christopher J. Raxworthy, Gonçalo M. Rosa, Denis Vallan, Miguel Vences, Ché Weldon, Patricia Wright and Reid Harris.
The number of participants will be around 50. This is due in part to the hosting capacity of the Centre ValBio, and partly to the need of maintaining an agile structure to the meeting.
Rosa GM, Cadle JE, Crottini A, Dawson J, Edmonds D, Fisher MC, Garcia G, Glaw F, Glos J, Harris RN, Köhler J, Rabemananjara F, Rabesihanaka S, Rabibisoa N, Randrianantoandro JC, Raselimanana AP, Raxworthy CJ, Razafindraibe H, Vallan D, Vences M, Weldon C, Wright PC, Andreone F (eds.) (2015). ACSAM2, A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar 2: abstract book. Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Regione Piemonte, Torino, pp. 30.