Preliminary Report on the Scientific and Biodiversity Value of the Macal and Raspaculo Catchment, Belize: A Wildlife Impact Assessment for the proposed Macal River Upper Storage Facility

Minty, Chris D. and Sutton, David A. and Rogers, A. D. F. and Bateman, R. M. and Penn, Malcolm G. and Stafford, Peter J. and Sanders, L. M. (2001) Preliminary Report on the Scientific and Biodiversity Value of the Macal and Raspaculo Catchment, Belize: A Wildlife Impact Assessment for the proposed Macal River Upper Storage Facility. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    This report summarises the results of a wildlife impact assessment on the proposed Macal River Upper Storage Facility (MRUSF), Belize, Central America. The assessment was undertaken by The Natural History Museum (NHM), London, UK and focused on the Macal and Raspaculo Rivers watershed. A desk-based assessment and field monitoring survey was undertaken between 1 January 2001 and 1 April 2001. This was designed to identify and evaluate populations, feeding patterns and habitat ranges of a very small number of specific indicator species, in order to assess the likely impact on wildlife of the development, and to propose appropriate mitigation measures. As the time available for these studies was inadequate for a comprehensive and thorough field assessment, additional data from previous NHM work in the area were included. However, our understanding of the area is still undesirably data-deficient. It is temporally constrained, by having been conducted only in the dry season, and geographically constrained by having focused on the immediate area proposed for inundation. Also, any attempts to use the Mollejon Dam as an extant yardstick are hampered by its much smaller scale and the absence of pre-dam wildlife inventories.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Publisher: University of Belize
      Keywords: Baird's Tapir Mammals Morelet's crocodile Amphibians Reptiles Fish Scarlet Macaw Birds Macal River dam Las Cuevas Research Station Species List Aquatic macroinvertebrates Chalillo Dam Simuliidae Mitigation illegal hunting Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (2) University of Belize > (2E) Other UB
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 26 Jan 2011 17:09
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/784

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