DECLINING AMPHIBIAN POPULATIONSTASK FORCE
Project DescriptionThe Amphibian Specialist Group strives to conserve biological diversity by stimulating, developing, and executing practical programs to conserve amphibians and their habitats around the world. This will be achieved by supporting a global web of partners to develop funding, capacity and technology transfer to achieve shared, strategic amphibian conservation goals.
How the ASG was formed
In September 2005 in Washington, DC, a Summit was convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Conservation International to bring together the world leaders in amphibian conservation. The purpose: to devise a global strategy of action to arrest amphibian declines and extinctions. The Summit produced a declaration (PDF) and a more comprehensive Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) will be published in early 2007. Because of the scale of response required to tackle the current amphibian crisis, the decision was made to merge the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF), the Global Amphibian Specialist Group (GASG) and the Global Amphibian Assessment into a unified body devoted to Global amphibian conservation: The IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG).
The ASG takes IUCN's Specialist Group model to the next level of effectiveness through the establishment of a Secretariat and that will serve as dynamic hub to coordinate Regional centers and a global web of stakeholders and to leverage the intellectual, institutional, and financial capacity towards shared, strategic amphibian conservation goals.
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