Action plan for amphibians in northeastern Colombia: ten years of monitoring and research

Aldemar Alberto Acevedo Rincon

The northeast of Colombia is one of the least explored areas in terms of diversity and biological conservation of amphibians; however, since 2010, a continuous programme has been undertaken to increase our knowledge about their ecology, diversity, and threats (e.g, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and habitat fragmentation). The conservation landscape continues to be a problem for many species that needs to be addressed. We have identified other multiple factors that must be analysed, such as: the expansion of the agricultural frontier; the lack of connection between environmental policies and local communities; and the lack of conservation education programs in priority areas at all levels. Therefore, this project aims to build an action plan centred on the conservation of 16 species of amphibians (42 indirectly) and their ecosystems. To achieve this, we will focus on four priorities: 1. The incorporation of results from the last decade’s monitoring; 2. To gather additional data to carry out new socio-ecological analyses; 3. To generate educational programs directed at amphibian conservation; and 4. To establish a cooperation network with stakeholders to strengthen their capacities and empowerment associated with priority areas for amphibian conservation in north-eastern Colombia.

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