Papua New Guinea
Within each country, the highest priority species for Conservation Needs Assessments are the threatened species - those listed in the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable - since they are often most in need of some type of conservation action. Species listed as Data Deficient or those that have not yet been evaluated for the Red List are also high priority because often, current knowledge about the species in the field can result in a more definitive Red List category. But it is also strongly recommended that to develop a comprehensive national conservation action plan, all species in the Class be evaluated. Often, species listed as Least Concern can play a very valuable role as analog or surrogate species that can be used to develop husbandry guidelines for more threatened but related species, and they can also be used for conservation education purposes to raise awareness about the plight facing many amphibian species.
It is strongly recommended that all species in a given country be assessed for their conservation needs, so that a holistic picture of the status of national amphibians can be developed, with all species then being prioritized for the most appropriate conservation action(s). From the assessments and recommendations, a comprehensive national amphibian action plan can be developed.