What is it about?

Building a variety of ponds at the landscape scale has helped multiple endangered amphibian species that had been in decline to start recovering. Our analysis of 20 years of monitoring data in the Swiss state Aargau showed that constructing new ponds helped stabilize regional populations of declining amphibians or even lead to increases.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that it pays to do conservation action (such as habitat construction), even in the face of many pressures on species that may be otherwise hard to address.

Perspectives

Conservation success stories are rare, but all the more important to keep up hope and enthusiasm for doing our best to preserve biodiversity.

Helen Moor
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag

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This page is a summary of: Bending the curve: Simple but massive conservation action leads to landscape-scale recovery of amphibians, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2123070119.
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