Ecology and Man in Mexico’s Central Volcanoes Area

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Gerrit W. Heil, Roland Bobbink, Nuri Trigo Boix
Springer Science & Business Media, 2003 - Business & Economics - 222 pages
Mexico has been recognized as one of the most diverse countriesin the world with roughly 10-12% of world's species in a territory ofonly approximately 1.5% of the world's total emerged land. In general, the explanation for the high number of species richness in Mexico hasbeen sought in the complex geologic history, the varied climaticregions because of the large altitudinal differences and the fact thattwo of the major realms, the Nearctic and Neotropic, meet in Mexico.This book shows numerous methodologies for collecting, processing andanalyzing data from natural area, illustrating it in applications toMexico's Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park. Thebook is written for ecologists, geographers, graduate biology studentsand natural resource managers. It therefore responds directly andprimarily to their viewpoints and objectives. However, since ecosystemmanagement and decisions about natural-area preservation take placewithin socioeconomic and political environments that are dynamic andplural, conflicts with those objectives are sure to arise. Therefore, the last chapter goes beyond managers' objectives and viewpoints"per" "se" to explore and respond to potential conflicts.
 

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Contents

an introduction
i
Classification and mapping of the vegetation using field observations and remote sensing
19
Maninduced changes in vegetation cover in the IztaccíhuatlPopocatepetl Region
49
Birds of the IztaccíhuatlPopocatépetl National Park and their significance for ecotourism
73
Effects of habitat fragmentation on the mammalian assemblage at the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl Volcanoes Mexico
103
Dynamics of plant communities in the Iztaccíhuatl Popocatépetl National Park
125
Modelling the carbon cycle of the Iztacchíuatl Popocatépetl National Park Mexico
147
Strategic Planning of the IztaccíhuatlPopocatépetl National Park
173
Synthesis
205
Index
221
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