Image Credit: Coral Pacheco
The II Virtual Symposium and VII International Symposium on Impacts of Human Infrastructures on Wildlife in Latin America were held through the GIT Infraestructuras Humanas y Biodiversidad (https://sociedadmesoamericana.org/infraestructura) within the framework of the XIX Congress of the SMBC in El Salvador (https://smbcelsalvador.org/) on October 27 and 28, 2021.
The event was divided into two days with morning and afternoon sessions. A program was presented with 25 presentations by academics, government entities and companies, on case studies from the countries of Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay and Spain. With themes that addressed impacts from roads, trains, geothermal, solar panels, wind farms, windows, material extraction, power lines, and airports. As well as the environmental measures that have been applied to each of the cases addressed, rescue and rehabilitation care groups for the affected fauna, among other aspects.
The symposium was held through the Zoom platform by the Institute for Wildlife Management and Conservation (ICOMVIS-UNA) and broadcast on Facebook Live simultaneously (https://www.facebook.com/groups/365631413508895/). Day 1 was attended by approximately 18 people on Facebook and 54 people on Zoom. By day 2, attendance was 23 and 60 respectively. Having a total of 137 registered people, of various nationalities among which are Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Spain.
The event, like the previous ones organized by the GIT team for the Impact of Human Infrastructures on Wildlife and Biodiversity, became a forum to reaffirm the principles and work practices on this important issue in the region and the world, it was an ideal space for discussion and exchange of ideas.
The co-organizing institutions were: ICOMVIS-UNA; the Academic Body Conservation and Environmental Management, DACBiol-UJAT, INECOL Environment and Sustainability Network, Wildland Network Mexico Program, The Academic Body of Environmental Transversality in Engineering Projects Autonomous University of Tamaulipas – Arturo Narro Siller Faculty of Engineering, SMBC Mexico Chapter, and the Collaboration of C.Dra. Fabiola de la Cruz Burelo, CATIE-Costa Rica. C. Dr. V. Manuel Santiago Plata from the Department Head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, LACTWG members participated as speakers and organizers, such as Víctor Colino, Clara Grilo, Hugo Coutiño, Juan Carlos Jaramillo, Joel Saénz, Coral Pacheco Figueroa, Miguel Gabutti and Juan de Dios Valdez Leal.