Conservation of Ecuadorian Amphibian Diversity and Sustainable Use of its Genetic Resources ABS

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 10, 2015 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5314

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Strengthening conservation areas


  • Wildlife conservation
  • Access and benefit sharing


  • Conserved areas
  • Forests


  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes
  • Terrestrial protected areas
  • Tropical forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Tourism

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Normative support


  • Law regulation
  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Adaptive governance
  • Participatory governance models
  • Awareness raising
  • Research
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs
  • Indigenous peoples

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)
  • Gender-responsive policies

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols

  • Nagoya protocol (ABS)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

About this project


The proposed project will address one of the most critical threats to biodiversity: the decline in amphibian populations and mass localized extinctions occurring in Ecuador, an important megadiverse country in terms of amphibian diversity. The proposed strategy to face this critical threat will involve a combination of ex situ (biobanking and captive breeding) and in situ (municipal protected areas) conservation actions, in addition to sustainable use (bioprospecting) and policy reform (ABS framework strengthening).


Ecuador implements integrated emergency actions to conserve the diversity of amphibians of Ecuador and use its genetic resources in a sustainable way.

USD $2,818,232

Grant amount

USD $14,216,124

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,818,232)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Ecuador

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