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Madagascar is well known for its very high number of amphibian species (more than 220), and their
endemicity (more than 99% are exclusive). However, the habitat degradation and deforestation pose serious
conservation problems regarding frogs and their survivorship.
In the last fifteen years many researches and surveys have been carried out in rainforests, dry forests
and other environments, allowing to yield a large amount of distributional, ecological, and taxonomical
information. It is now evident that to achieve a more durable conservation effect it is necessary to develop a
new scientific alliance that fosters a multi-focused program for the forthcoming years.
We firmly believe that Madagascar holds the potential to become a worldwide model region for a
concerted and collaborative effort of researchers, institutions and NGOs to set up a system of efficient
protection, study and long-term monitoring of amphibians.
As a first step to coordinate and plan such an effort, we here invite you to join us in the realisation of a
workshop, during which researchers and conservationists interested in Madagascan amphibians will meet
and start outlining a sustainable long-term conservation strategy for these unique animals.
Aims of the workshop
The workshop will be the ideal occasion and meeting point to present and discuss the main topics of