Environmental Planning in Baja California, Mexico: A Methodological Approach

by Lorenzo Gómez-Morin Fuentes, Universidad Autonoma de Baja, California, Ensenada, Mexico,
Luis Antonio Bojórquez-Tapia, Universidad Autonoma de Baja, California, Ensenada, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Management in Mexico: the Baja California Experience


The conservation of biodiversity and natural systems has led to a growing attraction for improved conservation practices and planning in the last ten years. According to Soule (1991), the current approaches to conservation, including protection of endangered species and natural systems, are failing in developing nations. There is an urgent need for new goals and tactics. This reappraisal has to consider not only biological factors, if successful conservation practices contexts as well, if successful conservation practices are to occur within development planning. The merging of social development with conservation depends on the knowledge and understanding of natural systems by those responsible for decision making from heads of state to coastal fishermen, but particularly by the group of professionals that plan and implement new technological and human interventions on the earth's surface (Carpenter,1983).

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Developing countries | Recreational facilities | Biological processes | Social factors | Decision making | Coastal environment | Human factors | California | United States | Mexico

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