Mexico publishes manual for wetland conservation

Mexico publishes manual for wetland conservation

17 May 2001
Mexico

The Manual para el manejo y conservación de los humedales en México, edited by Francisco J. Abarca and former Ramsar Bureau member Mónica Herzig, is now available in Spanish and English editions in its March 2001 second edition. The new publication has been supported by an impressive array of organizations, including Pronatura, the Society of Wetland Scientists, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, mexico-manual1.jpg (44392 bytes)Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, the Ramsar Convention, SEMARNAT, The Arizona Game and Fish Dept., Ducks Unlimited of Mexico, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.

Fifteen essays cover a very wide range of topics: the definition and importance of wetlands, by F. Abarca; wetland classification, by Barry Warner of Waterloo and SWS; several technical essays on lakes, rivers and coastal zones in Mexico; biological adaptations of species associated with wetlands, by our good friend from the Ramsar Bureau in the early 1990s, Mónica Herzig Zürcher; wetland vegetation: wetland creation and restoration, by B. Warner and others; a couple of essays on migratory waterbirds, by Jim Corven of the Manomet Centre among others; Mexican law and policy on wetlands; a collector’s piece on international cooperation for wetland and migratory waterbird conservation that doesn’t mention Ramsar, by Douglas A. Ryan of Virginia; and a brief essay on wetland education by Elena Correa. A helpful list of related Web sites is included, as well as a useful bibliography, and a good deal of background information on the Ramsar Convention and its helpful instruments.

The Manual on the conservation and management of wetlands in Mexico is available in Spanish and English versions by e-mail attachments from Dr Francisco Abarca at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the United States, .