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A ecologically robust marine protected area that benefits the wildlife that depend on this unique coastal marine ecosystem that hosts sustained, low-impact, environmentally friendly eco-tourism and fishing operations for the economic and social benefit of the local communities of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Mission and Goal
It is the MISSION of the program to develop and sustain an ecosystem based science program that provides the wildlife managers and the local community with information on the status and trends of the Laguna San Ignacio ecosystem and its wildlife, addresses complex ecosystem issues that are relevant to management questions, and that recognizes how natural environmental events and human activities affect the ecosystem. Such information is fundamental to evaluate conservation alternatives and options, and to assess the outcome of management and conservation measures to determine if they achieve their intended purposes.
It is theÂ long-term GOAL of the Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program to provide sound scientific information to the community and to involve the community in the monitoring and conservation of the Laguna San Ignacio Wetlands Complex (LSIWC), to ensure that this lagoon and coastal wetlands habitat is sustained for whales and other marine wildlife that spend all or a portion of their lives there.
The STRATEGY for the Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program is to begins with pilot studies that build on the results of former and existing research and monitoring programs (e.g., gray whale monitoring) and to expand those projects to include other biological and physical components of the ecosystem (e.g., turtles, fisheries, whale-watching, water quality & productivity, etc.). The program provides academic employment and training for graduate students interested in careers in wildlife conservation science. It provides a forum for local fishermen, eco-tourism businesses, and residents to contribute their observations and information to the overall knowledge base for the lagoon and surrounding region. Research findings and information are made available in published reports, at workshops and symposia, and on the Program’s internet web-site.