Moorland frog (Atelopus pastuso)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 212525243
AQUA-PROGRAM FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE Moorland frog (Atelopus pastuso), IN COLOMBIA
The project "AQUA: Program for the Conservation of the Páramo Frog (Atelopus pastuso) in Colombia" has achieved important achievements throughout its implementation, demonstrating its effectiveness in achieving the objectives set. Through a series of strategies and activities, significant results have been obtained that have contributed to the protection and conservation of the target species. The following summarizes the implementation of the project and the objectives achieved through the results obtained:
1. Creation of a security zone: One of the main objectives of the project was to create a 34 km2 security zone free of anthropic threats for the Páramo Frog. This objective has been successfully achieved through the delimitation and protection of this area. The implementation of conservation measures and the reduction of threats in this space have provided a safe refuge for the species and have contributed to its recovery.
2. Establishment of a protected natural area and ecological corridor: Another important secondary objective was the creation of a protected natural area and ecological corridor to facilitate the mobility of the Páramo Frog. Through the delimitation and adequate management of these areas, connectivity between different habitats has been promoted and the movement of the species has been allowed safely. This has contributed to the long-term conservation of the species and the protection of its genetic diversity.
3. Establishment of a frog hatchery: To ensure the conservation and effective management of the species, a frog hatchery was established. This initiative has made it possible to protect and preserve a group of individuals, which has increased the resilience of the population and has contributed to its recovery. Through captive breeding and constant monitoring, it has been possible to study their behavior, assess their health, and ensure their successful reproduction.
4. Training and awareness: Another key objective of the project was the training of 50 environmental leaders and the awareness of 1,000 Kamsá indigenous families about the importance of conserving the species. These objectives have been achieved through training programs and outreach activities. Knowledge and tools have been provided to environmental leaders so that they become agents of change in their communities. In addition, the awareness and commitment of the Kamsá indigenous community to the conservation of the Páramo Frog and its habitat has been promoted.
4. Environmental restoration: Another important goal was the restoration of 34 km2 of páramo habitat. Through reforestation with 5,000 native plants, the installation of fire breaks, and phytoremediation, habitat quality has been improved and threats have been reduced. These actions have contributed to the protection of páramo ecosystems and have benefited not only the Páramo Frog, but also other species of flora and fauna present in the area.
The implementation of the "AQUA" project has proven to be successful in achieving the objectives set. Through the creation of a security zone, the establishment of a protected natural area, captive breeding, training and awareness, and environmental restoration, important advances have been made in the protection and conservation of the Páramo Frog in Colombia. These results not only benefit the target species, but also contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and páramo ecosystems in general. The successful implementation of the project has set an important precedent and serves as a model for future conservation initiatives for threatened species.
Project 212525243 location - Colombia, South America