Dr. Sandeep Das, National Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Calicut and Aranyakam Nature Foundation Trustee, is one among the 8 authors from India in the study. Collaborating with global experts from around the world, Dr. Das’s insights into the plight of amphibians, especially those in the biodiverse-rich region of the Western Ghats, have added invaluable depth to the study.
The new report, Global Amphibian Assessment 2 (GAA2), comes more than two decades after the first edition and underscores the precarious state of amphibians worldwide. With their intrinsic reliance on freshwater sources, consistent climatic conditions, and moisture, amphibians are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, making them vital barometers of ecosystem health. Lead author Jennifer Swandby stressed the study’s significance, saying, “We cannot ignore these findings any longer. Protecting these habitats and the unique species within them is paramount.”
Highlighting the Western Ghats, Dr. Das noted that over 90% of its amphibian species are not found anywhere else in the world. He added, “It’s heartening to see many species in the Western Ghats moving away from the brink, thanks to thorough research, increased awareness, and dedicated conservation efforts.”