Name of organisation
NATIONAL COMMISSION OF NATURAL PROTECTED AREAS
Federal fiscal resources
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
Protection: To favour the permanence and conservation of the biological diversity of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Rio Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area, through the establishment and promotion of a set of policies and measures to improve the environment and control the deterioration of the ecosystems.
Management: To establish policies, strategies and programmes, in order to determine activities and actions oriented to the fulfilment of the objectives of conservation, protection, restoration, training, education and recreation of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Rio Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area, through alternative projects and the promotion of sustainable development activities.
Restoration: To recover and re-establish the ecological conditions prior to the modifications caused by human activities or natural phenomena, allowing the continuity of the natural processes in the ecosystems of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area.
Knowledge: To generate, rescue and disseminate knowledge, practices and technologies, traditional or new, that allow the preservation, decision making and sustainable use of the biodiversity of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area.
Culture: To disseminate actions for the conservation of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area, encouraging the active participation of the surrounding communities that generate the valuation of environmental services, through identity, dissemination and education for the conservation of the biodiversity it contains.
Management: To establish the ways in which the administration of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area will be organised by the competent authority, as well as the mechanisms of participation of the three orders of government, of the individuals and communities surrounding it, as well as of all those persons, institutions, groups and social organisations interested in its conservation and sustainable use.
Description of the centre
As a Ramsar site it has a surface area of 307,894.156 hectares, within the 572,808-60-94.22 hectares of the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area.
It is the largest of the so-called hypersaline ecosystems, and includes important intertidal marshes covering 50,800 hectares and a considerable wealth of wetlands. Its richness and biological diversity is due to its location, as it lies between two biogeographical regions, the Nearctic and the Neotropical. There are four species of mangrove in the protected natural area: red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) and buttonwood mangrove (Conocarpus erectus), which are threatened according to the Mexican Official Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, Environmental protection-native Mexican species of wild flora and fauna, Categories of risk and specifications for their inclusion, exclusion or change-List of species at risk, which provide refuge in the early stages of development for crustaceans and fish of economic importance, as well as bird species for nesting during the breeding season.
Likewise, the Laguna Madre and Delta del Río Bravo Flora and Fauna Protection Area functions as a transition zone for Nearctic fauna linked to wetlands and constitutes one of the migratory routes for aquatic, semi-aquatic and terrestrial birds; it is also one of the main sources of fresh water for the population, and provides a large amount of nutrients to the coastal lagoons, which helps to maintain the high primary productivity in the area.
Main CEPA work area
Training on the importance of wetlands, workshops for fauna identification, workshops for the detection of environmental crimes, workshops for the elaboration of handicrafts, exhibitions, talks to tourists.
Top three successes
1. There are groups of inhabitants of the communities, perfectly trained in biological monitoring, especially for the identification of birds.
2. Reforestation with mangrove has been carried out with a good achievement in terms of survival.
3. Cleaning campaigns have been carried out for the removal of waste on islands and beaches with a lot of participation of the citizens.
Top three challenges
1. To regulate fishing activity
2. Restore the islands that are being affected by erosion and are important refuges for birds.
3. To control the generation of waste.
Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat
Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community
Education and communication
Early years education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
BLANCA MONICA ZAPATA NAJERA, 14 Y 15 BRAVO 335 ZONA CENTRO, CIUDAD VICTORIA TAMAULIPAS, C.P. 87000, MEXICO.
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