Espinoza, R., Grasela, K., Hoffman, A. M., Justiniano, A., Knowles, J.
The Cabo Rojo Conservation Plan
The Nature Conservancy
"This Cabo Rojo Conservation Plan has been developed to guide conservation activities to protect the system of coastal and marine resources of southwest Puerto Rico including seagrass beds, coral reef communities, mangroves and associated marine and coastal species. It specifically addresses the following designated areas: Arrecifes de Tourmaline Nature Reserve and the marine extensions of Finca Belvedere and Punta Guaniquilla Nature Reserves. The Plan was developed with participation from the community in southwest Puerto Rico, fishers, Cabo the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Through a series of workshops and consultations, the Conservation Action Planning (CAP) process was employed to identify priority conservation resources and their condition, understanding of human activities and other threats impacting the resources, and selection of strategies for improving or maintaining the resources of southwest Puerto Rico. The process of working through CAP for protected areas results in a plan based on a solid ecological foundation focused on specific and attainable strategies for biodiversity conservation and threat abatement. This Plan should be revised after 5 years of implementation to take into account changing conditions and priorities."
FY2009 CRCP Project 20411; Project Title: Partnership Agreement with The Nature Conservancy; Principal Investigator: Jenny Waddell ~ FY09 CRCP grant NA09NOS4190173
NOS/Office for Coastal Management (OCM)