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Nanjappa P.,Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation | Williams J.M.,Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation | Apodaca J.J.,Warren Wilson College | Breisch A.R.,SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Herpetological Review | Year: 2015

Science is in everything that PARC does; the involvement of scientists and experts on species and conservation issues is what keeps our efforts current and useful. At the national scale, we tackle large, overarching issues, while at regional and state scales, we tackle more specific and focused issues. At all levels, there are opportunities for anyone, whether an undergraduate or graduate student or a tenured professor, to become involved or even lead in our conservation initiatives and focused projects. The PARC connection to the 2015 SSAR meeting provided an opportunity for our colleagues who are not typically able to attend scientific meetings to hear talks on cutting edge research and to network with the SSAR community. The social events were especially enjoyable, with the chance to meet and talk with our herpetological heroes and rising stars alike. PARC members were greatly appreciative to SSAR for the opportunity to partner in the planning of the conference, particularly the time granted to PARC to present information about our activities during the plenary session, and also the space provided to create nontraditional, applied symposia. Many students approached PARC members throughout the meeting to say that they were previously unfamiliar with our organization and indicated an interest in becoming more involved. © 2015 by Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Gascon C.,National Fish and Wildlife Foundation | Collins J.P.,Arizona State University | Church D.R.,Global Wildlife Conservation | Moore R.D.,Wildlife Conservation Society | And 22 more authors.
Alytes | Year: 2012

In 2005, the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) convened the Amphibian Conservation Summit to design a global plan of action, the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), to address the decline of amphibian populations worldwide. The IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) was formed in 2006 to implement the ACAP. The ASG's objectives are to facilitate the development of new policies within national and international arenas, as well as within the private sector, and to actively develop projects, locally and regionally, all aimed at preventing further species extinctions. The ACAP provides an estimate of the budget required for actions needed to address global priorities for conservation. A strategy and budget for priorities ensures that actions align with areas, geographic and thematic, in greatest need. A critical next step towards advancing the ACAP is refining its objectives within the context of national and regional strategies and engagement by national resource management agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for successful implementation of conservation actions. To this end, the ASG and partners have been facilitating the convening of working groups to develop strategies for advancing policy development to enable implementation of on-the-ground conservation management within specific regions and countries. A review of strategies in development and completed indicates that conservation planning at the scale of nations and regions is an important step toward reconciling some debates on what actions are of highest priority for global amphibian conservation and illustrates how priorities vary geographically. However, successful translation of scientifically based strategic plans into conservation action in the field has not occurred widely, partly due to a lack of follow up in engaging governments and NGOs to incorporate the plans into their directives. Continued pressure on governments and NGOs is needed to use species assessments as the metric for determining the status of the environment, and amphibian conservation plans as one of the roadmaps for how funding should be allocated to maintain and improve the health of natural ecosystems. © ISSCA 2012.

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