In 2010 nearly 200 countries that support the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on 20 Targets to save biodiversity and enhance its benefits for people, and committed to meet them by 2020.
Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 in particular reads:
By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.
This month the IUCN has prepared an information (INF) paper on Target 12 for the CBD WGRI5 and SBSTTA18 meetings in Montreal. The aim of this paper is to provide information that would assist the Parties in working towards the achievement of Target 12. It focuses on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, other National Red Lists; Species Action Plans; and Action on the Ground.
This paper features updated information on the progress made by Friends of Target 12 towards the achievement of Target 12, including a progress report from the Amphibian Survival Alliance.
In 2013 the Amphibian Survival Alliance made a bold move to align our vision with that of Target 12 – We envision a world in which the extinction of known threatened species of amphibians has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained. Target 12 now underpins our every action as an Alliance.
Over the course of the next two years we will be investing in the conservation of a range of species at priority sites around the world. With the launch of the Leapfrog Habitat Conservation Fund a multimillion-dollar annual habitat conservation fund, we are now well positioned to help our partners drive forward vital conservation efforts.
In addition to habitat protection the Alliance has been actively fund work to reduce the negative impact of diseases and exotoxins to amphibians and with this being the 50th year of the Red List we are actively fundraising for the upkeep of the amphibians on the Red List while directly supporting the reassessment of species effected by our projects.
Some of our recent achievements towards achieving Target 12 include:
– Remote training on the Red List methodology and associated tools was completed by 23 Amphibian RLA members, 10 interns and two Amphibian RLA institutional partners from 2013 to date.
– To facilitate collaboration between RLA members and the wider herpetological community on the assessment or reassessment of amphibian species, the Amphibian RLA launched a new and improved Amphibian Assessment Forum online platform.
– Last year saw a total of 412 amphibian extinction risk assessments and reassessments submitted and published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. A total of 205 amphibian assessments and reassessments have already been submitted for Red List version 2014.
– In May of this year, Guatemala’s National Congress created the Sierra Caral National Protected Area, making it the nation’s first federally protected area to be established in seven years. The core of the new 47,000-acre protected area is the Sierra Caral Amphibian Conservation Reserve. A consortium of more than twenty international conservation organizations raised the funds needed to purchase the original amphibian reserve. Critical support also came from the Amphibian Survival Alliance.
– A consortium of partners including the Amphibian Survival Alliance, Rainforest Trust (RT), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) came together to enable local partner Fundación Jocotoco to purchase 6,100 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Antisana, Ecuador. The mammoth property acquisition will create a permanent refuge for three threatened species of frogs from the genus Pristimantis found nowhere else and the largest population of Andean Condors in the Northern Andes. The total protected area by this group amounts to approximately 270,000 acres.
You can download the full paper with all updates HERE.
Friends of Target 12 is a partnership of organizations and institutions which bring their forces together to support countries to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 by providing practical guidance and raising awareness of initiatives and programs that contribute to the implementation of the activities needed to stem the tide of species’ extinctions.
The Amphibian Survival Alliance’s vision is fully aligned with Target 12, and the Alliance is therefore well positioned to help the CBD Parties meet their commitment to saving biodiversity.
By focusing on amphibians, and the sites and habitats upon which they depend, the ASA is working to improve the quality of life for amphibians, for other wildlife (biodiversity), and for people around the world.
Photo: Philippine Flat-headed Frog, Barbourula busuangensis, a threatened species from Palawan. © Robin Moore