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The coast of Oaxaca is one of the most biologically important regions in all Mexican’s Pacific Coast, because of its dry forests, mangroves, corals reef, and wetlands. These ecosystems have a high diversity of species, most of them under a protection by the federal goverment.


Furthermore in the coast of Oaxaca there is two wetlands recognized by the Ramsar Convention due theirs ecological importance: Huatulco and Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, and one Important "Bird Area" certificated by Bird Life International. Additionally the coast of Oaxaca is one of the most important nesting places for four of the seven sea turtles species in all the world, and on those beaches you can appreciated the massive nesting phenomenon of Olive Ridley Sea turtles known as “arribada”.


Unfortunately coastal development, the bad tourism practices, pollution, the illegal sea turtle egg and meat market, are the main threats to the environmental balance of the region.

Conservation Strategies

To conserve such an important region, WILDCOAST is carrying out the following:  


1) Conservation Capacity Building for Park Staff, Communities and Tourism Outfitters

2) Conservation Education in Coastal Communities and Schools

3) Sea Turtle Monitoring

4) Shoreline Conservation through Conservation Concessions and Protected Area Development and Management

5) Conservation Policy Development for Coral Reefs and Land Use Planning


In 2015-2016, through our conservation strategies, our accomplishments included:

  • Support the monitoring of the Morro Ayuta sea turtle camp where 887,966 nesting females sea turtles were recorded and over 18,600,00 sea turtles eggs hatched.
  • Educated 679 students in sea turtle and wetland conservation.
  • Trained 25 community members and sea turtle camp staff members on an Oil Spill First Response System.
  • 10 park rangers trained on scuba diving and coral reef monitoring.
  • Create and distributed our new informational booklet titled: “Guide to Conserve Sea Turtles and Rescue the Chontal Language”. It was distributed to local schools in eight Chontal-Zapoteca indigenous communities.
  • Supported trainings in surveillance, navigation, rescue and monitoring skills to the Huatulco National Park (HPN) rangers
  • Installed bouys around the Huatulco National Park coral reef system to minimize tourism damage. This was done in collaboration with six other Natural Protected Areas to standardize the monitoring method of coral reefs in the Mexican Pacific.




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Gabriela Ang Montes de Oca
Program Manager: Oaxaca´s Coast

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