The Atewa Range Forest Reserve represents one of the largest remaining forest blocks in Ghana and one of the most rewarding areas for scientific study as the nation's last intact block of Upland Evergreen Forest. The survey results presented in this volume confirm that Atewa is a site of extreme significance for global biodiversity conservation, one which should be protected in its entirety as it harbors a number of rare and threatened species within a unique habitat type.
The results of this assessment strongly suggest that Atewa represents a very rare example of a relatively intact West African forest, notably showing that Atewa is an important site for amphibians. Researchers observed a high proportion of threatened amphibian species, some of which maintain the majority of their existing populations in Atewa.
Jennifer McCullough is publications manager for the Rapid Assessment Program of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International. Leanne E. Alonso is vice president of the Rapid Assessment Program of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International. Piotr Naskrecki is director of the Invertebrate Diversity Initiative of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Heather Wright works in the environment program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Yaw Osei-Owusu is director of Conservation International's Ghana Program.