Amphibian Conservation is the fourth in the series of Synopses of Conservation Evidence.
This synopsis is part of the Conservation Evidence project and provides a useful resource for conservationists. It forms part of a series designed to promote a more evidence-based approach to biodiversity conservation. Others in the series include bee, bird, farmland and bat conservation and many others are in preparation.
Approximately 32% of the 7164+ amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction and at least 43% of species are declining. Despite this, until recently amphibians and their conservation had received little attention. Although work is now being carried out to conserve many species, often it is not adequately documented.
Amphibian Conservation brings together and summarises the available scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of amphibians. The authors consulted an international group of amphibian experts and conservationists to produce a thorough summary of what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of amphibian conservation actions across the world.
"[...] an excellent literature review [...] would be a great starting point for upper level undergraduate or postgraduate students carrying out research in these areas."
– Sarah L. Taylor, The Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 46(1), March 2015
"The book is packed with literature summaries and citations; a veritable information goldmine for graduate students and researchers. It also admirably provides decision makers with a well-researched resource of proven interventions that can be employed to stem/reverse the decline of amphibian populations."
– John G Palis, Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society
"This book clearly brings us a large step closer to making the right choices in practical nature management, and is indispensable for those involved in doing so."
– Tom Stumpel, RAVON, December 2014
1 Threat: Residential and commercial development
2 Threat: Agriculture
3 Threat: Energy production and mining
4 Threat: Transportation and service corridors
5 Threat: Biological resource use
6 Threat: Human intrusions and disturbance
7 Threat: Natural system modifications
8 Threat: Invasive alien and other problematic species
9 Threat: Pollution
10 Threat: Climate change and severe weather
11 Habitat protection
12 Habitat restoration and creation
13 Species management
14 Education and awareness raising
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Rebecca K. Smith is a Research Associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.
William J. Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge, UK.