2nd. International Congress of Natural Protected Areas in Aguascalientes

By César Guerrero / Executive Director

This article was translated by Estefanía López and Oscar Colunga

At the congress our goal was to present different technical projects that the Conservation Department implemented throughout the year.

During two days of activities, October 10 and 11, at the facilities of the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, we witnessed over 100 lectures, 150 posters and 4 exceptional keynote lectures. Issues such as climate change, connectivity and energy flow amongst the Natural Protected Areas of the country, as well as social interaction, economical and sustainable of areas were addressed.

In regards to Terra Peninsular, a representative of each area of the Conservation Department participated, seeking out to enrich the technical frontline of our work. The topics discussed were the following:

  • “Punta Mazo Coastal Dunes Ecological Restoration: An Approximation to Co-Management of Natural Protected Areas” by Jorge Andrade.
  • “Bird Festivals as an Awareness and Social Participation Strategy for the Conservation of Natural Protected Areas” by Claudia Guzmán.
  • “The Use of Areas Voluntarily Destined to Conservation as a Mitigation Tool Against Climate Change: A Case Study in Baja California” by Aurora Torres.
  • “Characterization of Macroinvertebrates and Macroalgae Present in the Rocky Intertidal of the San Quintin Lagoon Complex” by Ricardo Domínguez.

The congress was international and congregated thousands of attendants, coming from all states of Mexico, as well as countries such as Colombia, Chile, United States, Peru and France.

It was also very productive to participate in the lecture by the Biologist Irma Gonzalez, Director of the Espiritu Santo National Park, with the presentation of the works performed to include this park in the IUCN green list.

I believe the goal was achieved. Today, after participating in the event, we were able to judge our own work: we realized that it’s necessary to strengthen our knowledge in climate change adaptation measures; that we need for a better system to follow our biological and ecological monitoring, aiming to register our Natural Protected Areas in the IUCN green list. And not just because we pursue to be part of the IUCN green list, but also because as long as we pursue its standards we will become efficient in evaluating our impact and development.

I feel very pleased with our achievements and for the professional growth of Terra Peninsular as an institution and the personal growth of each of its members. I offer my most sincere congratulations to all the people who participated in this event.

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