The coast of Oaxaca is one of the most biologically important regions in all Mexican’s Pacific Coast, because of its dry forests, mangroves, corals reef, and wetlands. These ecosystems have a high diversity of species, most of them under a protection by the federal goverment.
Furthermore in the coast of Oaxaca there is two wetlands recognized by the Ramsar Convention due theirs ecological importance: Huatulco and Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, and one Important "Bird Area" certificated by Bird Life International. Additionally the coast of Oaxaca is one of the most important nesting places for four of the seven sea turtles species in all the world, and on those beaches you can appreciated the massive nesting phenomenon of Olive Ridley Sea turtles known as “arribada”.
Unfortunately coastal development, the bad tourism practices, pollution, the illegal sea turtle egg and meat market, are the main threats to the environmental balance of the region.
To conserve such an important region, WILDCOAST is carrying out the following:
1) Conservation Capacity Building for Park Staff, Communities and Tourism Outfitters
2) Conservation Education in Coastal Communities and Schools
3) Sea Turtle Monitoring
4) Shoreline Conservation through Conservation Concessions and Protected Area Development and Management
5) Conservation Policy Development for Coral Reefs and Land Use Planning
In 2015-2016, through our conservation strategies, our accomplishments included:
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contactTannia Frausto Illescas
Coordinator: Networking & Conservation Management (Mexico)
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