“Resumo protector”, Esther Gámez, 2018, Artist.
We are celebrating 30 years of work for the conservation of our Wetlands.
In 1988 we started a project called Pro Esteros, a non-profit organization with the objective of conserving the wetlands in the northwest region of the country. Being a group concerned about the dangerous situation in which the wetlands of the area were in, we became involved in carrying out research in wetlands of San Quintín and Punta Banda, seeking to carry out the necessary preventive measures for their conservation.
Throughout the years, we incorporated other activities to transmit to the public the results of our research and promote the conservation of wetlands to the surrounding communities and the general public, providing environmental education material to create awareness for the protection of these ecosystems. On the other hand, the rapprochement with the corresponding authorities for preventative actions in the conservation of wetlands has been of great importance for the organization.
To celebrate our anniversary, on September 14 of this year, we held a conference program in which the following topics were discussed: “The Wetlands, another case of slow learning in human history” taught by Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath, “Mexico and its coasts: present and future” by Dr. Patricia Moreno Casasola, “The shared struggle for the conservation of the coastal ecosystems of Ensenada” by Dr. Ileana Espejel, “Pro Esteros, 30 years working for the wetlands” by Biologist Laura Martínez Ríos Del Río and to conclude the event a discussion panel was held on “The challenges of the balance between development and conservation of wetlands, to achieve the objectives of sustainable development” with representatives of institutions from the three levels of government, Oswaldo Santillán, subdelegado of PROFEPA, Sergio Hiráles, head of the Department of Protected Natural Areas for the Secretariat of Environmental Protection and Eduardo Herbé Ortega, head of ZOFEMAT FUND.
Also, a photographic exhibition and a time line were set up in the Lobby of the CECUE in UABC Sauzal unit. This exhibition shows the most representative activities that triggered the creation of the association and the projects we have worked on during these 30 years, as well as our lines of action. To end the day of celebration we held a dinner attended by friends and collaborators of the organization who have been very supportive over these years.
After 30 years of experience, we continue working to promote and provide the necessary tools to maintain a balance between the use of wetlands and the importance of their conservation as an ecosystem. We continue with the motivation of achieving sustainable development in the wetland areas, always seeking the benefit of the community and the conservation of these ecosystems for future generations.