www.francoandreone.it :: Amphibians Workshop

::: A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar :::

:: Disease screening in amphibians: course for amphibian biologists ::

12th-18th October 2010 Ivoloina

Who is running the course? The course will be run by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in collaboration the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Torino, Italy), the Amphibian Specialist Group / ACSAM , the School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North West University (South Africa) and the University of Antananarivo. Course faculty will include visiting international and local experts in amphibian disease and research.

::ACSAM Workshop final declaration::

At the end of the ACSAM workshop all the participants agreed to write an official declaration. This has been named VISION SAHONA GASY, that means, in Malagasy, “Vision Malagasy Amphibians”. It is of course only a first step upon which we hope to build a new future for the amphibians of Madagascar, and, after all, for the wildlife heritage of Madagascar and all the World. The ACSAM executive officers will do their best to translate these theoretical declarations in a practise series of actions. An official ACTION PLAN will be prepared in the next week, and it will be followed by a book of proceedings. These two documents, together, will represent the herpetological bible for Madagascar.

  • "A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar" (List of Partecipants )
  • ACSAM Abstracts with covers, 20 pp booklet [download/view]
  • ACSAM Abstracts updated version
  • ACSAM AGENDA english/french version [download/view]

    ::Madagascar Amphibians Project::

    This proposal follows the Amphibian Conservation Action Planning, held in Washington DC (17-19 September 2005). During this meeting it became soon clear that an important step in the urgent worldwide amphibian conservation concerns the rapid application of tailored programs for the biodiversity hotpots, especially for those where most of the amphibian species diversity occurs. Madagascar is a perfect candidate for such an action, due to the severe threats through habitat destruction to a very diversified frog fauna, with more than 220 described species, 99% of which endemic at the level of genus, and many at the level of family or subfamily. [read more in the article below]

    • "A proposal for the rapid conservation of the highly endemic and threatened amphibians of Madagascar" [download/view]