Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of organisms on the planet, with over one third of the evaluated 6300 species listed as threatened and a further one third exhibiting declining populations. In 2005, an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) was drafted as a general framework for amphibian conservation worldwide. This framework needs to be downscaled and tailored to the unique challenges that amphibians face in different parts of the world, and translated into specific actions needed to safeguard local amphibian faunas. Several themes of intervention identified by the ACAP would be most effectively addressed through collaboration among policymakers, conservationists, and researchers (e.g., freshwater management, climate change, land management). The aim is to facilitate the identification of interfaces between amphibian conservation requirements and those of other conservation and development programmes.
The goals of this workshop are to:
1) Create region-specific networks of researchers, NGOs, and governmental organizations, with emphasis across Asia. Making the links between groups that do not commonly interact, such as researchers, public interest groups, and policymakers, is a priority.
2) Tailor and prioritize conservation action of the ACAP to specific regions, with emphasis on Asia, one of the most diverse and under-studied regions in the world.
3) Share knowledge, know-how, and experience among groups. We will share stories of success and failure that will provide roadmaps for others to follow or avoid, respectively.
Amphibian conservation overlaps other conservation disciplines (e.g., land and water management), and these groups need to be educated on how decisions by one group affect the other. Making these links will provide those concerned about amphibian conservation with additional resources and expertise. A successful conservation approach will be a combination of species/region-specific methodologies and wider views that integrate amphibian conservation into broader conservation frameworks and decision-making processes. This workshop develops the issues raised at the previous meeting of the World Conservation Congress at its 4th session in Barcelona (Resolution 4.017).