Declining Amphibian Population Task Force, Department of Biological Sciences, Open University
Data Center Description
The mission of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTH) is to determine the nature, extent and causes of declines of amphibians throughout the world, and to promote means by which declines can be halted or reversed. They are a non-profit organization that was established in 1991 by the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The Task Force Office is located at the Open University in the UK. The DAPTF operates through a network of Regional Working Groups. Around 90 of these represent different regions of the world and collect data on amphibian declines and their causes. Other, issue-based Working Groups are concerned with specific topics, including: Disease and Pathology, Monitoring Techniques, Chemical Contaminants, Climatic and Atmospheric Change, and Captive Breeding.
They maintain Rapid Response Fund to investigate mass mortality events and disease outbreaks in the field and publish free, bimonthly newsletter, FROGLOG, that is posted at our web site and distributed in hard copy to 3000 recipients worldwide.