Every once in a while I search for new information about the quest to establish a research powerhouse behind biodiversity that can do for threatened species what Al Gore and the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have done for global warming.  I came across a February report from the people who one day will launch that equivalent, which will be known as the International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity, or IMoSEB. You can download the slide presentation here.

There has been a three-year process of international meetings to pave the way for IMoSEB, and now it’s time for governments to populate the group and take it to the next level. Gaining international agreement on how to protect biodiversity is clearly a daunting task.

One of the slides mentions that IMoSEB will need to have “the capacity to identify and respond rapidly to biodiversty-related emergencies.” Until that day, NGOs like those that formed Amphibian Ark are going to have to go it largely alone. There is no greater biodiversity crisis than the one facing amphibians.

Preserving the diversity of amphibian wildlife can’t wait for the governments to step in and fix the problem. By then, the problem is going to only be more formidable. We all have to act now. It starts with getting familiar with the problem and pledging to be a force for good. The first step is to visit www.amphibianark.org.