ABSTRACT

Central American Environmental Defense Program in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor   [open pdf - 194KB]

"One of the greatest conservation efforts ever undertaken on a worldwide level is the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Crossing eight national borders this program aims to protect existing ecosystems, while at the same time promoting sustainable development projects that help to alleviate poverty in the region. Famous for both its biological wealth and its vulnerability to natural disasters, Mesoamerica is comprised of Mexico's five southernmost states and the seven Central American countries, and constitutes one of the most dynamic biological corridors' in the world. However, the continuous depletion of its natural environment, serious competition for scarce resources, and complex conflicts over harmonious use of nature are major concerns that greatly affect the current and future economic well being of the region. The existing environmental deterioration in the Mesoamerican region is due largely to the poverty affecting over 60 percent of the population combined with destructive conventional production systems that adversely affect many important ecosystems."

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Issues Paper 06-02
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2002-06
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Public Domain
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