HerpTrust: Improving resilience to climate and human-induced threats through nursing positive Human-Herpetofauna Interactions

Reptiles and amphibians, collectively referred to as herpetofauna, are globally threatened by a myriad of anthropogenic pressures. Climate change poses a major threat since these species are ectothermic, meaning that they rely on external heat sources to regulate their body temperature, adjusting their behaviour to remain in the sun or shade. Higher temperatures resulting from climate change are forcing them to alter their behaviour and are causing range shifts from their current distribution. Other major challenges include habitat fragmentation and degradation, as well as persecution due to misinformation and unfounded fear of these species. Targeted conservation efforts are therefore required to improve the resilience of populations of herpetofauna.

HerpTrust is a collaboration between Ecostack Innovations, Friends of the Earth Malta and the Open University of Cyprus, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The project aims to facilitate the survival of herpetofauna populations in Malta and Cyprus through the suite of dedicated learning and citizen science activities.

Objectives, actions and expected results

Develop e-learning training for stakeholders

Developing e-learning courses to educate key stakeholders about local herpetofaund and guide communities in creating crucial herpetofauna microhabitats.

Establish an online citizen science platform

Creating an online citizen science platform for managers to stay informed about local herpetofauna distribution and actively contribute to the database.

Replicability and networking

Creating a replicability e-package, organising multiplier events to engage target groups, raise awareness and encourage the use of educational resources and citizen science platform.

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Improving biodiversity’s resilience to climate-and human-induced threats through nursing positive Human-Herpetofauna Interactions. HerpTrust (2023-1-CY01-KA210-VET-000161577)