The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), the first taxonomic class-level plan of its kind, was first published in 2007 and updated as a digital online resource in 2015. It aims to act as a road map for amphibian conservation at the global level, and is used as such by the ASG, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), Amphibian Ark, and other conservation and funding organizations.
In 2019, the ASG initiated the process of updating ACAP. This iteration of ACAP involves the development of two complementary documents: 1) a synthesis of developments in major themes of amphibian conservation over the last 15 years (an academic status review), and 2) a user-friendly summary of the key take-home messages and recommendations to a broader audience (an implementer document that will follow the status review). In this way, ACAP can provide the most up-to-date evidence on threats and approaches to amphibian conservation, identifying gaps and priorities that can be disseminated and adopted by stakeholders across the globe.
The 2023 updated ACAP Status Review is currently in press and will be released by the end of this year. Until then, you can access a preprint of the draft document, which is available here.
ACAP is updated by the ASG’s Thematic Working Groups, each of which develops a chapter for its respective theme. A list of current Thematic Working Groups and their leadership can be found here.
2022 ACAP Open Consultation
The draft 2022 ACAP status review went through an open consultation. We undertook this process because we wanted this version of the ACAP to be a product of the broad amphibian conservation community. The draft document was available for open consultation with a request for feedback from all those with knowledge and experience in amphibian conservation. For more information on the status review please click here.
Recommended citation for the draft updated 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
Suggested citation for the 2015 digital version (see individual chapters by visiting each Thematic Working Group section): Wren, S., A. Angulo, H. Meredith, J. Kielgast, M. Dos Santos and P. Bishop. (eds.) 2015. Amphibian Conservation Action Plan. April 2015. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Available from https://www.iucn-amphibians.org/working-groups/thematic/