Over the last few years, our structure has changed in view of de-centralizing the assessment process and allowing our National and Regional Working Groups to take stewardship of their respective assessments.
A Central Coordination Team oversees the activities of the ARLA. It is comprised of a Coordinator – appointed by the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) – and three Programme Officers.
Drawing on the members of the ASG, the ARLA membership is organized into Regional and National Working Groups. Each Working Group is comprised of Tier I and II Members who are collectively responsible for the maintenance of the assessments for the species in their region or country; all ARLA Members are by definition members of the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG).
Tier I RLA Members establish the membership and coordinate the activities of their Regional or National Working Group over the course of their quadrennial appointment. They are active on a regular basis and coordinate the assessment process for the species under their remit.
Tier II RLA Members contribute to the assessment process for species in the Regional or National Working Group in which they participate over the course of their quadrennial appointment. They can also serve as Reviewers for assessments from other RLA Working Groups.
Working Groups have either a Regional or National focus and are responsible for the species assessments in their area. They are comprised of at least one Tier I RLA Member and one or more Tier II RLA Members, and differ in scope according to expertise available and number of species.
ARLA Interns are typically early career biologists who join us for short periods of time to gain experience through various projects, such as helping to assess and reassess amphibian species, developing tools to support ARLA activities or undertaking a project suitable to the Intern’s interest and the RLA’s need. Interns can work closely with the Central Coordination Team or have their time allocated to a specific Working Group.
For more information on our structure and functioning, please see the Introduction to the Amphibian RLA 2.0.