Stage 4

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Antofagasta – Chile 24-25 of September
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2nd Place - 18 points

The climate crisis means that species endemic to the ecosystem of the Atacama desert in Chile are at risk of extinction. This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic species that is currently in a breeding and reintroduction programme after the stream that it previously inhabited completely dried up. Extreme E is to support the protection plan for this amphibian.

Without biodiversity, there is no future. The rich desert ecosystems of Atacama, which is one of the most fascinating deserts on the planet, are threatened by the climate crisis. The new conditions being seen due to man-made change mean that the species of flora and fauna that inhabit this ecosystem in their thousands, many of which are endemic, are faced with the challenge of either adapting or disappearing.

This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic amphibian (meaning that it lives in only one small place — the Chilean sector of Las Vertientes, Calama, Antofagasta). The stream previously inhabited by this frog dried up in 2019, leaving just 14 frogs, which were rescued to stop them from going extinct.

This is the case of the Loa frog, a micro-endemic amphibian (meaning that it lives in only one small place — the Chilean sector of Las Vertientes, Calama, Antofagasta). The stream previously inhabited by this frog dried up in 2019, leaving just 14 frogs, which were rescued to stop them from going extinct.

It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness about respecting our environment — not just to mitigate the impact humans have on the environment but to remedy the effects of this impact and, ultimately, generate a positive impact that allows for continued, sustainable balance in the ecosystem. The example of protecting and reintroducing the Loa frog illustrates this aim perfectly.

THE PROBLEM

Climate change is challenging the survival and balance of the ecosystem in the Atacama Desert, where thousands of endemic species are trying to adapt to a new climate reality. This is the case of the Loa frog, a native species on the verge of extinction that is now in a breeding programme coordinated by the Chilean National Zoo in Santiago to protect and reintroduce the species into its natural ecosystem.

SOLUTIONS

  • The organisation Extreme E is to work with Chilean institutions such as the Museum of Natural and Cultural History of the Atacama Desert with the aim of boosting the protection and reintroduction of the Loa frog in an area near Calama. This work is being carried out in parallel with the rehabilitation and breeding programme led by the Chilean National Zoo, which has already yielded some positive results with the birth of 200 tadpoles.

NEWS TO STAY AHEAD

NEWS TO STAY AHEAD

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