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Title: Priority setting for bird conservation in Mexico: the role of the Important Bird Areas program

Author: Arizmendi, Ma. del Coro; Valdelamar, Laura Marquez; Berlanga, Humberto;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Ralph, C. John; Rich, Terrell D., editors 2005. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California, Volume 2 Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 1256-1262

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Many species in Mexico are threatened and in need of protection. At least seventy species are considered to be globally threatened, yet conservation actions have been scarce and not coordinated. In 1996 BirdLife International’s Important Bird Areas Program was initiated in Mexico to identify a network of the most important places in Mexico for birds, with the goal that if protected, these sites will support populations of all of Mexico’s vulnerable bird species. A series of national and regional workshops were held, resulting in the identification of 230 Important Bird Areas (IBA). A second level of prioritization among IBAs, that included information about opportunities for action as well as bird population data, identified 35 IBAs as high priority areas for conservation action. Consejo Internacional para la Preservación de las Aves en Mexico (CIPAMEX), the BirdLife Partner in Mexico, and other local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have subsequently developed conservation and management plans at two priority sites: El Carricito del Huichol and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. It is hoped that trilateral projects with North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) will increase the success of the Mexican IBA program in the future.

Keywords: bird, conservation, Important Bird Areas, Mexico, protected areas

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Arizmendi, Ma. del Coro; Valdelamar, Laura Marquez; Berlanga, Humberto 2005. Priority setting for bird conservation in Mexico: the role of the Important Bird Areas program. In: Ralph, C. John; Rich, Terrell D., editors 2005. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California, Volume 2 Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 1256-1262

 


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