MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF SYSTEMS PROJECT: MANUAL OF METHODS FOR THE MBRS SYNOPTIC MONITORING PROGRAM. Selected Methods for Monitoring Physical and Biological Parameters for Use in the Mesoamerican Region

Almada- Villela, P.C. and Sale, P.F. and Gold-Bouchot, G. and Kjerfve, B. (2003) MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF SYSTEMS PROJECT: MANUAL OF METHODS FOR THE MBRS SYNOPTIC MONITORING PROGRAM. Selected Methods for Monitoring Physical and Biological Parameters for Use in the Mesoamerican Region. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS), extending from Isla Contoy on the north of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras, includes the second longest barrier reef in the world (Maps 1.1 and 1.2). It is approximately 1,000 km long and spans over four countries and two trans-boundary areas: Chetumal Bay, between Belize and Mexico; and the Gulf of Honduras, between Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The MBRS is unique in the Western Hemisphere due to its length, composition of reef types, and diverse assemblage of corals and related species. The MBRS contributes to the stabilization and protection of coastal landscapes, maintenance of coastal water quality, and serves as breeding and feeding grounds for marine mammals, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, many of which are of commercial importance. The MBRS is also of immense socioeconomic significance providing employment and a source of income to an estimated one million people living in adjacent coastal areas. The goal of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System Project is to enhance protection of the unique and vulnerable marine ecosystems comprising the MBRS, and to assist the countries of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras to strengthen and coordinate national policies, regulations, and institutional arrangements for the conservation and sustainable use of this global public resource. The Project is part of a long-term Program to safeguard the integrity and continued productivity of the MBRS. The MBRS initiative is being actively promoted by a variety of donors and partners in the region and within the context of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Program. The objectives of the MBRS Program, agreed to by the four participating countries, are to: a) strengthen Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); b) develop and implement a Regional Environmental Monitoring and Information System that will provide a synoptic view of the health of the MBRS and facilitate dissemination of these findings throughout the region; c) promote measures which will serve to reduce non-sustainable patterns of economic exploitation of the MBRS, focusing initially on the fisheries and tourism sectors; d) increase local and national capacity for environmental management through education, information sharing and training; and e) facilitate the strengthening and coordinating of national policies, regulations, and institutional arrangements for marine ecosystem conservation and sustainable use. The second objective, Regional Environmental Monitoring and Information System, is in turn divided into two sub-components: i) the Creation and Implementation of a Distributed Regional Environmental Information System (REIS) and ii) the Establishment of a Synoptic Monitoring Program (SMP). The MBRS Project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility, is implemented by the World Bank, and is executed by the CCAD-SICA on behalf of the governments of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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      Keywords: mangroves, corals, monitoring, seagrass, pollution, water quality, barrier reef, synoptic, manual, methodology, quadrat
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AC) Fish > (ACB) Marine
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBE) Mangroves
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBH) Seagrasses
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3A) Government Departments
      Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 15:06
      Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:51
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/31

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