A team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have discovered nine species of frogs in the Western Ghats Region of India, including frogs as small as a thumbnail.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our investment in the Western Ghats Region, IISc completed systematic field assessments of key reptile and amphibian species taxa, leading to the discovery.
IISc also developed predictive distribution modeling and produced field guides to address the conservation planning and priority-setting for poorly known small vertebrates in the Western Ghats.
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Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF is unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated regional efforts.