Ecology and Man in Mexico’s Central Volcanoes Area

Editors: Heil, Gerrit, Bobbink, Roland, Boix, Nuri Trigo (Eds.)

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  • Integrates the different methods of collecting ecological data up to the level of developing management plans and decision making
  • Provides a synthesis of fundamental and applied ecology of tropical montane forest ecosystems
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The main activities of the economically active population around The Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes region lie in the primary sector (65- 90%). Of the people working in this sector, those dependent on agricultural or pastoral activities generally have an income significantly lower than the minimum wage in Mexico. Of the activities in the area, these agricultural, pastoral, and forestry activities probably have the most direct effect on the ecology of the volcanoes and its immediate surroundings. Traditional farmers, producing crops such as beans, pumpkins and cucumbers, generally work on small fields using traditional methods and animal traction. Modern farming, geared towards intensive production develops on larger sites making use of modern machinery, fertilizers, and pesticides. As the area under agriculture continues to increase every year, the attendant opening of large forested areas, soil modification, and ensuing erosion make it almost impossible for forest recovery. Extensive forestry in the region mainly concerns cutting and collecting wood, cutting Pinus-branches for torches or for utensils for open-fire cooking, collection of mushrooms, and hunting. Although these (often clandestine) activities seem to be small-scale, their adverse effects on the forest have been substantial. Weekend visitors from Mexico City heavily dominate recreation, with tourism concentrated near the roads leading to and inside the park. Lacking organization and facilities, most recreational activities have had significant environmental impact on the area In many countries, the decline of nature has occurred because of changes in land use.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Mexico’s central volcanoes area: An introduction

    Pages 1-18

    Bobbink, Roland (et al.)

  • Classification and mapping of the vegetation using field observations and remote sensing

    Pages 19-48

    Trigo Boix, Nuri (et al.)

  • Man-induced changes in vegetation cover in the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatepetl Region

    Pages 49-71

    Bobbink, Roland (et al.)

  • Birds of the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park and their significance for ecotourism

    Pages 73-101

    Meléndez-Herrada, Alejandro (et al.)

  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on the mammalian assemblage at the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl Volcanoes, Mexico

    Pages 103-123

    Velázquez, Alejandro (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology and Man in Mexico’s Central Volcanoes Area
Editors
  • Gerrit Heil
  • Roland Bobbink
  • Nuri Trigo Boix
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0969-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0969-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-3756-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 222
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