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Conservation of Amphibians in Suriname

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Suriname has one of the highest forest covers and one of the lowest deforestation rates in the world. Suriname is a country that, relative to its size, is rich in amphibians. It still has a good chance to preserve this natural heritage by the promotion and implementation of a sustainable development, nowadays usually called green economic development. Thirty four species are extremely rare, and known only from five or less localities or specimens. Rare species may be vulnerable. The number of species remaining is 19. Of this group the distribution of 6 species includes at least one protected area, leaving 13 species that are extremely rare or have a very limited distribution and are not protected in Suriname. If the chapter looks at threats for the 34 species that are rare, these are mining, the construction of hydro-electric reservoirs, savanna burning, land degradation, the pet trade and sea-level rise.

Keywords:hydro-electric reservoirs; savanna burning; Suriname



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