- Project name: Conserving the Bamboutos egg frog.
- Project site: Mount Bamboutos, Cameroon
- EDGE species: Bamboutos Egg Frog, Leptodactylodon axillari
- Active: 2020 - ongoing
Arnaud is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Yaoundé. Arnaud has been involved in various ecological field-based studies in Cameroon, primarily focusing on amphibians.
Arnaud hopes that the Fellowship will help him to improve his competency and knowledge of conservation project management, as well as learning how to successfully implement his project. Further to this, Arnaud is looking forward to gaining a personal boost in knowledge and networking, which will help him to reinvigorate his conservation work.
Arnaud’s project aims to sustain current populations of Bamboutos egg frog by improving the quality of the species’ habitat and increasing awareness amongst local communities.
His objectives are to:
• Identify priority areas for the species’ conservation by reevaluating the severity of threats on known sites (e.g. deforestation, degradation, and overgrazing) identifying any new threats (such as severity of amphibian chytrid fungus infection);
• Restore degraded breeding sites through the planting of fastgrowing indigenous tree species;
• Raise awareness within the community about the benefits of local initiatives to protect the forest, such as for preserving water quality and access to sustainable forest products, in addition to protecting rare species and habitats;
• Create a spirit of conservation throughout the community through behavior change campaigns.