Multiple-resource modeling as a tool for conservation: Its applicability in Mexico

Luis Antonio Bojórquez-Tapia, Peter F. Ffolliott, D. Phillip Guertin

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Abstract

The current Mexican environmental law provides the legal basis for comprehensive land-use planning. Under the law, development of natural ecosystems must combine goals, policies, and practices towards the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of biological diversity. Thus, ecosystem manipulation must be able to counter fragmentation of natural ecosystems and isolation of natural reserves, while providing for human needs. Assessment of the potential of natural ecosystems and management impacts are required. Multiple-resource simulation is an assessment and land-use planning tool that permits managers and decision makers to comply with the law, providing a flexible, user-oriented system that can meet the needs of managers, conservationists, and researchers. A multiple-resource model and an example of how it can be applied to meet planning needs is presented for discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Management
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1990

Keywords

  • Computer simulation
  • Conservation
  • Decision making
  • Environmental law
  • Forest management
  • Mexico
  • Multiple-resource modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution

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