Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

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The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (English acronym MBC; Spanish: Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano, CBM) is a large habitat corridor in Mesoamerica, stretching from Mexico southeastward through most of Central America, connecting several national parks, national and private nature refuges and private wild lands. It was started in 1998 to keep 106 critically endangered species from going extinct. This came from an earlier plan called Paseo Pantera (Panther's Path), originally proposed in the early 1990s.

It was established to protect Central America's immense bio-diversity. In 1997 the plan was initiated, establishing links between protected areas in four distinctions: the core area to exclusively conserve eco-systems and species and in where human activities are prohibited; buffer zones, restricted use by themselves; corridors, which are areas that facilitate movement, dispersal and migration of species, and in where human activities are of low impact; and, multiple use areas which may include areas devoted to agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forest management, and more.

Reducing fragmentation, improving the connectivity of the landscape and ecosystems to foster and enhance biological diversity while still promoting sustainable production to improve the quality of life of local human populations who utilize, manage and conserve biodiversity in eight different countries will protect tomorrow medicines hidden in the forests of Central America while thwarting mining and other exploitations destroying habitat, water courses, species and rural lifestyle dependent on the land.

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