SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is delighted to announce an Amphibian Conservation Workshop. The workshop will take place at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES) Bonsu, from 23–25th October, 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to build the capacity of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s members and other ecologists in the protection of Ghana’s vanishing amphibians. The three-day training workshop will deal with pertinent amphibian conservation issues including conservation strategies for endangered frogs with focus on the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and the Endangered Giant West African Squeaker Frog (Arthrlopetis krokosua); establishing and running a SAVE THE FROGS! Chapter, and how to organise Annual Save The Frogs Day (the world’s largest day of amphibian conservation action).
The first two days of the workshop will be used to expose participants to the need to save Ghana’s frogs using the cases of the Critically Endangered Slippery Frog and the Endangered Squeaker Frog. The former is found in only two streams, both in Ghana’s Atewa Hills, and the latter has only 13 individuals known to exist in the Sui River Forest Reserve. Through PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, demonstrations and documentaries the participants will be introduced to various ways to engage their peers and community members in the protection of amphibians. The participants will also get the chance to be introduced to various ways they can organize their own Annual Save The Frogs Day events and put in groups to organize events for the next 6th Annual Save The Frogs Day. They will receive feedback on their proposed events.
On the third day of the workshop, participants will have the chance to visit the home of the Togo Slippery Frog at the Atewa Hills to assess for themselves the plight of the endangered frog. The will put to practice their newly acquired tools by reaching out to educate local communities (especially churches) surrounding the Atewa Hills. They will also be assisting SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana to set up its junior chapters at local schools in Kwabeng and Kibi.
This workshop will be led by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team (Gilbert Adum-Executive Director and Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi-Programmes Co-ordinator) and Dr. Peter O. Sanful (Patron of SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter and Dean of Programmes at UCAES).
Eligibility: This workshop is designed for STF Ghana university student members (KNUST, UCAES, Presbyterian University College and University For Development Studies). SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will cover the cost of the training. Other interested people can attend the course but will be responsible for their own upkeep. Please contact email@example.com
We are grateful to Stiftung Artenschutz, British Ecological Society (BES), The Rufford Small Grants, and SAVE THE FROGS! USA for providing the funding and logistics to run this workshop.
Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi is the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Campaigns Coordinator.