|Town/Region||Rio Jamapa, La Antigua River|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||8 Nov 2012|
This project arises from the concern to know the effects generated by persistent organic compounds (POPs) on riparian ecosystems fauna and the potential effect on human health. Riparian ecosystems are heavily exposed to these compounds due to the transformation of forests to grasslands and the development of croplands in the riparian zones. Once POPs are bioaccumulated by vertebrates, they act as endocrine disruptors, causing damage to its reproductive function and health. Fitness is probably reduced and might be one of the population decline causes for the species. In order to evaluate this, we are going to:
Finally, we are going to work with the local communities, asking them about the use they make of riverine resources, teaching them about the damage generated by POPs and, if necessary, offering them alternatives in the use of environment friendly pesticides. This project will be developed in the Jamapa River and La Antigua River, located in Veracruz, Mexico. Both rivers have a high anthropogenic pressure originated mainly by the presence of croplands, livestock and the industrial waste discharge.
We think this information is essential to improve management plans and wildlife conservation associated with riparian ecosystems, as any attempt to conserve is in vain if we cannot maintain healthy and reproductively viable wildlife populations. These data also allow identifying which areas of the rivers (upper, medium or lower) have the lowest and highest level of contamination. Finally, these results are necessary to make local communities aware of the harmful effects of POPs and will be the first step for making people part of management and conservation wildlife programs.
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