Implementation of the Ramsar strategic plan in coastal wetlands of the Península de Yucatán: regulations and normativity

Laura Vidal, Adriana Vallarino, Ileana Benítez, Jorge Correa


DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol43-issue5-fulltext-7

The way how Mexico applies the normative and other management strategies, regarding coastal wetland and wetlands birds conservation of the Península de Yucatán following the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2009- 2015 is analyzed. Regulatory criteria within Management Programs of Natural Protected Areas and Ecologic Ordinance Instruments were analyzed identifying strengths and weaknesses under an ecological integrity concept. Results show the need to homogenize the concept of integrity within regulation, to develop a hierarchical spatial structure for management strategies. It will: a) promotes connectivity, b) strength the perception of buffer zones and critical habitats, c) emphasize in the protection of biologic heterogeneity in space and time, ecological processes and trophic networks and, develop regulation about wetland restoration. We conclude that current normative framework is still very inefficient and a systemic vision is required to protect these ecosystems. Nine suggestions to improve the current scenario are included.

Vidal L, Vallarino A, Benítez I, Correa J. Implementation of the Ramsar strategic plan in coastal wetlands of the Península de Yucatán: regulations and normativity. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2017;43(5): 873-887. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol43-issue5-fulltext-7 [Accessed 10 Dec. 2019].
Vidal, L., Vallarino, A., Benítez, I., & Correa, J. (2017). Implementation of the Ramsar strategic plan in coastal wetlands of the Península de Yucatán: regulations and normativity. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 43(5), 873-887. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol43-issue5-fulltext-7