Franco Andreone is zoologist and curator of the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Torino, Italy). His research focusses on several aspects of amphibian and reptile conservation biology. He conducts research on the distribution and conservation status of the herpetofauna of Italy, with a particular emphasis on the influence of human activities on endemic species. Since the end of the eighties he regularly visits Madagascar, where he discovered and described several new species of amphibians and reptiles. In Madagascar he also collaborates with national and international organisations to better define conservation priorities that take into account the ecological and life history of several threatened species. As an RLA he is interested in coupling aspects of taxonomy with ecology of little-known species by also applying integrative techniques. When appointed Co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Declining Amphibian Population Task Force, successively transformed into the IUCN / Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), he launched the ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar) Initiative. Specific outputs of the ACSAM have been the Sahonagasy Action Plan (the official action plan for the conservation of the amphibians of Madagascar) and several popular and scientific publications, besides tailored actions for increasing public awareness through training courses and field surveys.
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