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Citizen Science in Indonesia

Using citizen science to monitor neglected and threatened amphibian species in Indonesia

Indonesia harbours a diverse range of amphibian species, yet studies on amphibians are limited compared to other charismatic animal.  While most are unknown in their distribution and population size, several species are now threatened by loss of habitat and human activity. There is a need to ensure that amphibian conservation is incorporated into management decisions by raising awareness to the public and increasing research efforts.

The project “Amfibi Kita” is part of the “Amfibi Reptil Kita” program aiming to engage citizens to collect data on amphibians and reptiles and has been on-going for the past 4 years. “Amfibi Kita” is an initiative that aims to promote conservation efforts for Indonesian amphibians by conducting 1) citizen science monitoring programs, 2) training of young herpetologist, and 3) increasing public awareness through social media. During the last four years the citizen science activities of this programme have been hugely successful, including the description of a new species (Chirixalus pantaiselatan, Munir et al. 2021) and the range extension of highly threatened species of the genus Leptophryne. At least 100 volunteers are expected to participate in the bioblitz – a rapid citizen science-based survey - planned for the end of 2021 and a small incentive will be given to volunteers to take part in bioblitz in under-surveyed areas. The project will provide the basic information of amphibian species distribution in Indonesia especially in areas least surveyed, i.e. eastern part of Java and Lampung (Sumatra).


Implementing Partner:
IPB University, Indonesia

Funding period:
Nov 2021 - Oct 2022

Project goals

  • To motivate and engage university students and the public in the implementation of amphibian conservation in Indonesia through research and simple monitoring
  • To produce species distribution maps
  • To contribute to the Leptophryne conservation action plan

Planned activities

  • To hold intensive training events (online and face-to-face) to build capacity amongst young and amateur herpetologist regarding field work
  • To conduct a bioblitz that involves over 100 volunteers and collects data of at least 5 understudied areas
  • To analyse resulting data in order to receive new or updated information on these areas


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