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Long Term Conservation of Key Wetlands in the Alvarado Lagoon System 1A

Implementing Organization

Pronatura Mexico, A.C.


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Funding Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA


Project Category


Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

The Veracruz coast is one of the most important waterfowl and shorebird continental migratory routes. However, extensive cattle grazing and forest fires threaten this wetland complex, especially its mangroves. Over the last 24 years approximately 12,000 acres of mangroves have been lost, and more than 56,000 wetland acres have been turned into grasslands. This project, with the help and involvement of locals, seeks to mitigate the destructive processes and to restore the wetland system to benefit habitat for the conservation of migratory birds The project will be implemented in the 715,175 acre Alvarado Wetland Complex (ALS). It provides habitat to at least 346 bird species, including Snowy Plover, Red Knot Green-winged Teal, American Golden Plover, Wilson's Plover, and Wilson's Phalarope. The project will protect 15,355 acres of wetlands through a variety of legal mechanisms; and develop an online training platform for a certificate program in mangrove restoration and sustainable use. Forty-five students will receive training in the first year of operation.


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Project Partners

Pronatura Mexico, Tlacotalpan Muncipality, Ejido Isleta

Affiliated Institutions

Acquisitions may not yet been finalized, so purchased acres amount is the expected purchased acres.

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