Young people and women biodiversity monitors in Campeche’s herding landscapes make their first tour
- The objective is to promote citizen science in the monitoring of biodiversity in the State of Mexico
June 2, 2021.With the participation of 13 members of the Network of Youth and Women Monitoring Biodiversity in Farmed Landscapes of the State of Campeche, Mexico, the network’s first BioBlitz, a citizen science event to monitor the biodiversity in a place and at a specific time, which also allows an exchange of experiences on the subject by a group of people interested in the exploration and monitoring of the flora and fauna of a site.
On this occasion, the BioBlitz was held at the ranch at km 7 of the Felipe Carrillo Puerto-Yohaltún highway, in the municipality of Champotón, on May 22, as part of the project Biodiversity and sustainable agro-sylvo-pastoral landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, implemented by CATIE (Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education) and activities developed by the Agro-Ecosystems Sustainable Livestock Working Group of Campeche (AGS-CAM).
During the monitoring, 52 observations of flora and fauna were made and more than 160 photographs were taken, which are already uploaded to the network project, within the Naturalista platform, developed by the National Commission for the knowledge and use of biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym).
Along with the network participants, students from the Instituto Tecnológico de Chiná (ITC) and the community of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Champotón, participated in the visit. Sol de Mayo Mejenes, ITC professor; Marco Ciau, of the National Forestry Commission and member of AGS-CAM; and Erika Hernández, technician of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche, provided support and accompaniment to all the participants in the visit.
The BioBliztse was complemented by a conference to discuss the importance of monitoring biodiversity and creating a network of young people and women monitors. There was also a short training on using guides to identify flora and birds.
According to Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche, the visit encouraged young people and women to monitor biodiversity on the ranches and to strengthen their practical skills in using the Naturalista platform. “With this event, young people and women now have the elements to continue to monitor these livestock farming landscapes and thus help generate knowledge about the existing biological wealth,” added Pérez.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with CONABIO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRICULTURA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and in alliance with multiple local partners in their areas of intervention.
More information / written by:
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Local coordinator, Campeche
Biodiversity and sustainable agro-sylvopastoral landscapes (BioPaSOS)