Marked as a ‘global biodiversity hotspot’, the Philippines is recognized by its diversity and endemism among amphibian and reptile species. Despite this rich abundance, an estimated 10 per cent of identidfied reptiles and amphibians are threatened with extinction, with the rise in invasive alien species as one of the main culprits. This project will follow the commitment of the International Convention on Biological Diversity to develop and implement sound biosecurity programmes to curb the current and future impacts of invasive species.
Led by HerpWatch Pilipinas, the main goal of the project will be to fill taxonomic, geographical and historical gaps in species occurrence and sampling event data. Using invasive reptiles and amphibians as a pilot study, the project will develop an online national platform for the long-term observation and monitoring of alien species invasions and trends.
In addition to the missing gaps in biodiversity information in alien amphibian and reptile invasions in the Philippines, this much-needed data aims to inform the development and implementation of sound national biosecurity programmes for amphibian and reptiles invasions, contribute to the Philippines’ international commitments to sustainability and biodiversity conservation, and provide a reproducible framework for similar initiatives targeting other groups of alien taxa in the Philippines and beyond.