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Youth and women learn to use digital platform to monitor biodiversity in livestock landscapes
- The objective is to promote citizen science in biodiversity monitoring in the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas and Jalisco
April 19, 2021. More than 90 young people and women from the states of Campeche, Chiapas and Jalisco, in Mexico, received a workshop on the use of the Naturalista platform, a digital tool through which citizens can learn to observe, capture and share photographic records of flora and fauna and thus contribute to the scientific knowledge of Mexico's nature.
The workshop was held on April 8 as part of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvo-pastoral and Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, and with the support of the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym), the institution that developed the Naturalist platform.
The workshop was given by Janet Guardiola, a tutor from CONABIO, and a total of 59 people from Campeche, 25 from Chiapas and 10 from Jalisco participated, learning how to use the platform to monitor flora and fauna.
During the workshop, success stories from different parts of Mexico were presented, especially where the participation of young people and women was relevant.
According to Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche, the use of Naturalista will encourage community participation, specifically that of young people and women, in biodiversity issues, while at the same time generating knowledge of the existing biological wealth in livestock landscapes, areas of interest of the project.
"The participation of society in the systematic collection of data on flora and fauna is increasingly important for making decisions on the conservation and use of the country's natural resources," said Perez.
Project BioPaSOS is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with CONABIO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRICULTURA), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and in alliance with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.
More information/written by:
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Local Coordinator, Campeche
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral and Livestock Landscapes(BioPaSOS)