After about 2.5 years of dedicated work, the ASG is happy to announce that its Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) Status Review is open for a public consultation process from 18 July to 15 August 2022!
ACAP was first published in 2007 and updated to a digital format in 2015, but both developments in knowledge and feedback from the amphibian conservation community on the previous versions prompted us to work on updating ACAP.
ACAP aims to act as a roadmap for amphibian conservation at the global level. In order to fulfill that aim we are doing things a little differently this time around: informed by a 2019 survey to the amphibian conservation community, we have opted to develop two companion pieces, 1) an academic status review, which synthesizes the current knowledge, gaps and opportunities, and 2) a much shorter, user-friendly and visual document informed by the status review and aimed at conservationists on-the-ground.
The ACAP Status Review comprises two introductory sections and twelve chapters, where each chapter is dedicated to a theme that is relevant to amphibian conservation. ASG Thematic Working Group Chairs who have expertise in their respective themes have been working with their core groups to develop their individual chapters, so this is truly a collective effort!
That said, for this document to be a useful tool to all who work on amphibian conservation, we are holding an open consultation process to ensure that everyone has a chance to provide input.
A pdf of the draft ACAP Status Review can be found here. Please note that this is still in draft form, so it has not yet been finalized as a publication and still needs to go through a formal peer review process.
To provide input into the process, please click here to download the form to send your feedback to asg[at]amphibians.org. Please only use the form for your feedback. Please use “ACAP Open Consultation Feedback” as the Subject title.
We appreciate that this is a hefty document and are not expecting colleagues to read through the entire draft (although this is, of course, open to anyone who is interested in doing so). Rather, we would encourage those that have expertise in particular areas to please contribute to the relevant chapter(s), focusing on substantive feedback, rather than copy-editing, grammar, spelling, etc.
Your contributions will be acknowledged in the final document if you choose not to remain anonymous.
Please feel free to spread the word to anyone who works on amphibian conservation!
Recommended citation for the draft 2022 ACAP status review:
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2022) The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP): A status review and roadmap for global amphibian conservation. https://ecoevorxiv.org/brfas/. Preprint. DOI: 10.32942/osf.io/brfas