Navigation Links
Conservation priorities released for several protected areas along US-Mexico border

This news release is available in French and Spanish.

Montreal, 23 April 2014Today, the CEC released its Conservation Assessment for the Big Bend-Ro Bravo Region: A Binational Collaborative Approach to Conservation, which identifies 29 priority conservation areas in a region straddling the United States-Mexico border that includes 11 different protected areas in the states of Texas, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. This region features unique, highly diverse arid and semi-arid habitats inhabited by rare and endangered plants and animals, and provides a vital migratory stopping point for many species of birds and animals on their journey across the continent.

The improved resilience for this area of North America that will result from the implementation of the recommendations of the Assessment is being celebrated by the CEC as part of its 20th anniversary. The cooperative, multi-stakeholder approach used to identify conservation priorities in the Big Bend-Ro Bravo region included scientists, government experts, private landowners, and communities and is symbolic of the CEC's 20 years of collaborative work on a wide array of environmental policy issues.

Taking input from those who live and work in the Rio Grande region, along with advice from outside experts, the Assessment identifies conservation targets for, and threats to, the grassland, mountainous, aquatic, and riparian habitats of this vast transboundary landscape, including the Rio Grande itself. Drawing from the recommendations and priorities identified in the Assessment for the region, the CEC is supporting restoration and monitoring actions in selected tributaries and a landscape-wide monitoring program throughout the region.

Recommendations of the Assessment:

  • Protect environmental quality and promote sustainable economic development of border communities, including the development of binational ecotourism routes on both sides of the US-Mexico border;
  • Develop conservation strategies that will preserve an ecosystem that is resilient to climatic changes;
  • Build capacity within academia, state and federal agencies, as well as within civil society to conduct the recommended inventories, monitoring, and research in each of the 29 priority conservation areas identified;
  • Create an institutional framework to facilitate binational conservation and restoration projects in the region; and
  • Support and justify funding at the international, national, and local levels in both Mexico and the United States.

The Assessment's ultimate goals are to:

  • Establish a common frame for discussing transboundary protection of natural resources in the region;
  • Assist all who live and work in the region in identifying opportunities for improving conservation practices;
  • Create or maintain ongoing collaborative conservation projects across the Big Bend-Ro Bravo landscape;
  • Serve as a model for transboundary conservation efforts that can inform similar initiatives across North America, including in Canada.

Quick fact:

When Big Bend National Park was established on 12 June 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States of America wrote to President Manuel vila Camacho of Mexico, "I do not believe that this undertaking in the Big Bend will be complete until the entire park area in this region on both sides of the Rio Grande forms one great international park." Seventy years later, the pace of the current binational efforts picked up in 2010, with a statement from the US and Mexican governments to "work through appropriate national processes to recognize and designate Big BendRo Bravo as a natural area of binational interest."


Contact: Megan Ainscow
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Related biology news :

1. To calculate long-term conservation pay off, factor in people
2. Island Biology 2014: An International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation
3. Scientists warn: Conservation work in zoos is too random
4. Loss of large carnivores poses global conservation problem
5. EcoHealth Alliance and Bat Conservation International forge partnership to work on global bat conservation and public health issues
6. Saving Fijis coral reefs linked to forest conservation upstream
7. Bonefish spawning behavior in the Bahamas surprises researchers, should aid conservation
8. Young tropical forests contribute little to biodiversity conservation
9. Harvard study shows sprawl threatens water quality, climate protection, and land conservation gains
10. Generation length for mammals: An essential reference point for conservation studies
11. Relating animals to humans could help conservation projects
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Conservation priorities released for several protected areas along US-Mexico border
(Date:11/9/2015)... , Nov. 09, 2015 ... the addition of the "Global Law ... their offering. --> ) ... "Global Law Enforcement Biometrics Market 2015-2019" ... Research and Markets ( ) has ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... Oct. 29, 2015   MedNet Solutions , an ... spectrum of clinical research, is pleased to announce that ... Association (MHTA) as one of only three finalists for ... – Small and Growing" category. The Tekne Awards honor ... shown superior technology innovation and leadership. ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... , Oct. 29, 2015  Connected health pioneer, ... driving the explosion of technology-enabled health and wellness, and ... new book, The Internet of Healthy Things ... sensors or smartphones even existed, Dr. Kvedar, vice president, ... of health care delivery, moving care from the hospital ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015 Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today ... Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference in New York ... reaffirming its outlook for the fourth quarter of 2015 ... discussing longer term business model expectations. John ... continue to be the fastest growing company of the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... , ... Global Stem Cells Group Chile CEO ... America and abroad for the first Iberoamerican Convention on Aesthetic Medicine, Cosmetology and ... will present and discuss new trends in anti-aging stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ), a ... the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, alongside more than ... with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ... to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations. ... Sarnia, Canada . --> BioAmber uses ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX ) an ... and monetization of intellectual property, today provided an ... to create shareholder value. Anthony ... on published reports, the total addressable market of ... Spherix will seek to secure fair and reasonable ...
Breaking Biology Technology: