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Given these significant socioeconomic challenges, we contemplated the future of habitat restoration in the Yucatan and other areas of threatened wetlands in Mexico as we dined on locally caught seafood. Is it reasonable to expect such work to continue and expand in meaningful ways? Our conclusion was that such work is vital and must continue for the health of the planet and the legacy of our children. With generous financial support from groups like Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund plus contributions from hundreds of individual donors such as my husband and me, DUMAC is proving that economic development and mangrove ecosystems can coexist. More education is needed about the consequences of not preserving wetlands, along with thoughtful planning and construction, and consideration of long term objectives as they relate to the intersection of human activities and natural landscapes. Mexican mangrove ecosystems are threatened, but savable. All it takes is the time, the money and the will to do right by our natural resources. As the DUMAC message spreads, turning more passion into action, the vibrant mangrove wetlands can continue to promote the well-being of hundreds of species as well as the economic livelihood of the Mexican people. 58 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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