Photo by Jodi Rowley
Photo by Jodi Rowley
In addition to country-specific programmes, regional initiatives provide the opportunity to address systemic issues in conservation.
Focus areas include:
To facilitate the long term conservation of biodiversity through multi-country (regional) initiatives.
2008 TO 2016
Amphibian Research and Mentoring Early-Stage Amphibian Biologists
From 2008 until 2016, ADMCF sponsored leading biologist and conservationist Jodi Rowley to research, document and inform policy on the amphibian populations in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia. Most recently, working for the Australian Museum, Dr. Jodi Rowley has been mapping local amphibian populations primarily in Cambodia and Vietnam to improve understanding of their biology and to train local early-career conservationists in amphibian biology and conservation.
Jodi’s work is fundamental to future conservation efforts. Specifically, she integrates ecological, behavioural, bio-acoustic, molecular and morphological data to uncover and document amphibian biodiversity and inform conservation decisions. The research will assist in detecting any declines in amphibian populations by using amphibians as ‘bio-indicators’ (canaries in the coal mine) as well as enabling monitoring of general ecosystem health in the region.
Over the eight years ADMCF provided support, Jodi discovered and described 21 new frog species from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, including three named after the ADM Capital Partners, Robert Appleby, Denys Firth and Chris Botsford. Leptolalax applebyi, Leptolalax firthi and Leptolalax botsfordi are pictured, right. This means 21 species have been found before they disappear and can now be incorporated into and inform conservation management actions in the region.
In 2016, Jodi was appointed to a full-time position at the Australian Museum.
2010 to 2011
Student Conference on Conservation Science
Since 2000, Cambridge University has been organising the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS). The student conference helps young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers.
In 2010, for the first time a Cambridge University SCCS was held in Asia – in Bangalore, India. The conference was then repeated in 2011. In addition to the University of Cambridge, this was put together by the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and the Tropical Biology Association. Overall, more than 500 students attended the conferences, which facilitated interaction, exchange of ideas and methods among young scientists, and the building of contacts and knowledge among young researchers in all aspects of conservation science.
In 2010 and 2011, ADMCF funded these first two Cambridge University SCCSs in Asia.
Forestry in Asia: Issues for Responsible Investors
China, Indonesia and Malaysia comprise of over half of the forestlands across Asia. All three have struggled with deforestation, and their governments are actively encouraging the development of plantation forests, which are oriented towards wood production, not conservation. Environmentally, forestry risks include deforestation, driven by aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry, and pressures on land resources due to demand for biofuels and agricultural products. The growing mineral and mining industry poses other environmental risks, straining not just forests but surrounding areas and waterways. Another concern is the exploitation of forests with high conservation value and significant biodiversity. In 2010 ADMCF contributed to authoring a report that outlines ESG issues that responsible investors should consider when looking at the forestry sector and, by association, the pulp and paper industry.
Photography by: Jodi Rowley