More than 80 percent of amphibians on Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) are in danger of extinction, according to experts who attended this year's CaribPARC 2015 Conference in the Dominican Republic.
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) grantees in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot attended, including Philadelphia Zoo, the Société Audubon in Haiti and Grupo Jaragua, who are collaborating on amphibian conservation in four key biodiversity areas in Hispaniola and have provided up-to-date information on the conservation status of 38 amphibian species. These grantees have received financial support from CEPF for the following projects:
Building Local Management Capacity and Conservation Plans to Save Endangered Frogs in Four High Priority Key Biodiversity Areas in Hispaniola
Grantee: The Zoological society of Philadelphia
In close coordination with sub-grantees Société Audubon in Haiti and Grupo Jaragua in the Dominican Republic, this grant supports amphibian conservation in four key biodiversity areas in Hispaniola. Components include strengthening the technical capacity of 50 local conservationists and community members, establishment of a bi-national network of 17 institutions, conducting baseline ecological field work (including determination of the presence of chytrid fungus), developing site-based amphibian management guidelines, and conducting relevant environmental education for communities and the general public.