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  Supporting the Sustainable Management of Amphibian and Reptile Biodiversity

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Anon.





 Asghar Mobaraki


I was born in 1968 in Iran. It is more than 20 years I am working in Department of the Environment (DOE) of Iran and have Msc degree in Environmental science, Biodiversity and habitats which relates to my job carrier, as well as another master degree from Andalucia University, Spain, on Conservation and Management of the species in Trade. Currently I am engaged in PhD degree in Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University.  It is for about 10 years I have the position of head for reptilian and amphibian section in Biodiversity and Wildlife Bureau of DOE with much experience in different kinds of field works. My main interest and focus is on sea turtle populations in the Persian Gulf and Oman sea area as well as Mugger crocodiles and softshell turtles. Moreover I also conduct works on different species of snakes, lizards and amphibians. Following my works as well as related to what intending to do, I have been in contact with many scientists all around the world for possible cooperation and getting advices. 

My works and communications lead to have chance to be member of some IUCN specialist groups:
- Crocodile specialist Group (CSG), as regional vice chair
- Marine turtle specialist group (MTSG)
- Tortoise and fresh water Turtles specialist group (TFTS)
- Viper Specialist Group

Having the experience of being as Management authority for CITES, I have the honor to be scientific Authority for the CITES at the moment. I am also focal point for MOU for Marine turtle conservation in Indian Ocean and southeast Asia too.


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 Dr Robert Browne

Dr. Robert Browne Chairperson

Dr. Browne established the Internet based ARC in 2011 and expanded it globally in 2013. Robert is committed to achieving the ARC's goal to provide for the sustainable management of amphibians and reptiles. He has a wide international experience in herpetological conservation and has published over 40 scientific articles on amphibian and reptile conservation. see Biography