Our local partner, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, have worked extensively within the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve on Yucatan peninsula, Mexico.
To date they have completed two major campaigns to characterize the reef, the first was completed in the 90’s and the second in 2010. In addition, in collaboration with GVI, we run an ongoing, permanent coral reef and fish species monitoring program.
Moving forwards preparations are underway for a new mapping project of the marine ecosystem within the reserve. This will act as a tool in which we will create an inventory of the different types of habitat and identify areas which are more susceptible to act as biodiversity hot spots.
Currently the team are involved in a pilot survey with the aim of improving the methodology before the official survey which is due to begin within the next couple of months.
Data collected from this critical work is used to help govern the management and protection of important biodiversity hotspots like the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
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