By Eliana Lizarraga Heredia, Museo de Historia Pure Alcide d’Orbginy
In a coordinated effort, the Governments of Bolivia and Peru, with the help of the United Nations Improvement Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the World Surroundings Facility (GEF), have constituted a transnational staff for the conservation of the emblematic Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus).
The working group is made up of establishments from numerous international locations together with ASA associate Museo de Historia Pure Alcide d’Orbigny, and others equivalent to Fundación para as Ciencias, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Denver Zoo, Pure Manner-Peru, and Museo de Zoología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. With the imaginative and prescient of a long-term survival for the species, these establishments will work collectively to fill within the gaps within the information about this emblematic frog.
The analysis efforts embody two research throughout the framework of the venture “Gestión Integrada de los Recursos Hídricos en el sistema Titicaca-Desaguadero-Poopó-Salar de Coipasa (GIRH TDPS)”. The primary is oriented in direction of the characterization of the underwater habitat sorts utilized by T. culeus and the identification of the threats to those habitats so as to prioritize conservation areas. The second examine is aimed toward evaluating the inhabitants standing of the Titicaca Big Frog utilizing snorkel transect strategies.
The outcomes obtained will present related ecological info on the species for Peru and Bolivia, international locations that share the ecosystem of Lake Titicaca, the place T. culeus happen. This can permit researchers to grasp the truth of the species and its state within the face of excessive pressures from pure and anthropic components. In the identical method, the data generated will likely be used to make selections and take future joint conservation actions, which is able to make sure the continuity of the species over time. This transnational collaboration is a good achievement that reveals the whole union of efforts by a number of establishments with the identical purpose: to advertise the conservation of the Titicaca Water Frog!
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