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Priority sites for wildfowl conservation in Mexico

Perez-Arteaga, A., Jackson, S.F., Carrera, E. and Gaston, K.J. (2005) Priority sites for wildfowl conservation in Mexico. Animal Conservation, 8 (1). pp. 41-50. ISSN 1367-9430

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Abstract

A set of priority sites for wildfowl conservation in Mexico was determined using contemporary count data (1991–2000) from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mid-winter surveys. We used a complementarity approach implemented through linear integer programming that addresses particular conservation concerns for every species included in the analysis and large fluctuations in numbers through time.

A set of 31 priority sites was identified, which held more than 69% of the mid-winter count total in Mexico during all surveyed years. Six sites were in the northern highlands, 12 in the central highlands, six on the Gulf of Mexico coast and seven on the upper Pacific coast. Twenty-two sites from the priority set have previously been identified as qualifying for designation as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention and 20 sites are classified as Important Areas for Bird Conservation in Mexico. The information presented here provides an accountable, spatially-explicit, numerical basis for ongoing conservation planning efforts in Mexico, which can be used to improve existing wildfowl conservation networks in the country and can also be useful for conservation planning exercises elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 The Zoological Society of London. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1367943004001817
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1367943004001817
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1438

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