Have you ever considered supporting a Seed Grant to support amphibian conservation efforts? The British Herpetological Society (BHS) has. To help global amphibian conservation efforts around the world they have teamed up with the ASA to leverage funds and support an increasing number of projects around the world.
We all know that funding for amphibian research is difficult to obtain, especially in developing countries and small territories. Seed Grants are an invaluable approach to supporting conservation efforts. Although the grants are often relatively small they can be vital for getting projects up and running and allowing researchers and conservationists to try new and innovative approaches.
Since its creation in 1947, the BHS has supported the conservation of endangered reptiles and amphibians. Through its publications—The Herpetological Journal and the Herpetological Bulletin—it strives to disseminate research and husbandry knowledge and its executive committees and grant programs support conservation initiatives directly. While most BHS support has traditionally been directed to projects in Britain, some of its activities—notably the Captive Breeding Committee, Research Committee and Student Grant Scheme—have supported important research and conservation across the globe. The Society recently decided to increase its level of proactive support for crucial research and conservation of globally threatened herpetofauna and made an initial donation of USD $1500 towards the ASA’s Seed Grant program.
The BHS Council voted on a shortlist of applications supplied by ASA and chose two clear favorites. One is an amphibian survey and capacity-building projects in the British Virgin Islands, a UK Overseas Territory; the other will survey salamanders in remote parts of Algeria. The Council felt that an Overseas Territory project was a natural choice for the BHS, but also that the Algerian project was very worthy of assistance.
“We are very pleased to support the ASA’s Seed Grant work and excited to be partnered with two excellent projects in the British Virgin Islands and Algeria. We look forward to championing these projects and working with them to achieve their goals of increasing knowledge on some of the world’s most threatened amphibians,” said Dr. Chris Gleed-Owen, BHS chair.
It is through collaboration like this that makes amphibian conservation possible. “As you can imagine the Alliance receives significantly more Seed Grant applications than we are able to fund on our own. Developing the partnership with the BHS was an important step forward to begin funding even more innovative projects that will help make a positive difference for amphibians on a truly global scale,” said James Lewis, ASA Director of Operations.
The Alliance would like to partner with more organizations as we did with BHS to combine resources in order to make more of these types of projects a reality and to create further collaborative Seed Grants.[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]