|Town/Region||Tarutao National Park|
|Date||6 Feb 2012|
Recent studies (eg. Royal Society London, 2009; Global Biodiversity Outlook 3, 2010) suggest that about 56% of currently recognised amphibian species in Southeast Asia are either ‘threatened’ or ‘data deficient’. Accelerating deforestation rates, climatic change, and high harvesting pressures are leading to an acute risk of extinctions.
There is an urgent need for the:
This project seeks to address the following three main constraints for amphibian conservation in peninsular Thailand (and Southeast Asia generally).
Second, it aims to further develop links between the academic and conservation communities. Currently there is a good relationship between the Tarutao National Park’s authority and PSU. This project seeks to enhance and focus this relationship most particularly by training authority staff in the identification and conservation of anurans. This project will then act as a role model for similar projects elsewhere in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Third, the project will seek to raise the profile of anuran research and conservation in Thailand through targeted publicity (TV and in other media) based on the discovery of new anuran taxa on the island.
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