Conservation and Management of Dry Coastal Vegetation

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by I. Espejel, Universidad Autonoma de Baja, California, Ensenada, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

Abstract: The present panorama of vegetation in dry coastal ecosystems (e.g. sage-succulent scrub, dune vegetation) of Mexico is presented. The paper includes the botanical diversity of these coasts as well as the present state of basic and applied research. Actual and potential plant resources and ecosystems are considered as a basis for proposing a multiple use model to preserve flora and vegetation along coastal developments. The model proposes a combination of conservation and development activities such as : a) diversification within tourism, the main economic activity affecting dry coastlands ; b) integration of local populations with coastal management through participation in regional planning ; c) implementation of regional planning based on ecological zonation of environment and integration of social values; and d) integrated resources management through frequent monitoring of ecological impact in order to sustain productivity or to suggest alternative management features.

Subject Headings: Vegetation | Coastal management | Resource management | Ecological restoration | Dunes | Developing countries | North America | Mexico

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