Talk:Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

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Article review: I have implemented a few minor edits in terms of spelling, grammar, and changes to the phrasing. Other than that, this article is organized well. You may want to take a look into where your references are placed, just to make it clear which information belongs with which source/reference. For instance, under flora and fauna there is a reference placed before a list of fauna in the area. Perhaps the reference should be placed after the list? This is just a suggestion, whereas it may not be clear who the information belongs to. Otherwise, good article! MtADorey (talk) 17:20, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

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You have done a great job adding a substantial amount of material. I did some editing and changed some wording. I might just be reading my own bias into the article, but I think it could be beneficial to look over your wording in the Political Issues section to make sure that the language is entirely neutral. I think it was a great idea to mention current political issues! The article has a nice variety of information, so the reader feels as if he or she has gained a thorough understanding of the site. Nice use of links to other Wikipedia sites too. Great job! Allisunshine (talk) 19:12, 28 March 2012 (UTC)


Ca(two)lak(near)mul(mountain or pyramid)= Two neighboring pyramids in Mayan. 200000 people living in Ejidos In 1993, it became a part of the international network of programs known as UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB). MelaineH (talk) 20:27, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Historical background -Ancient Mayan ruins within the reserve--> series of tombs, monuments and city layout typical of the Mayans. Site's existance wasrecorded in 1931 by Cyrus L Lundell. Developed over 12 centuries starting in 4th century BC. Central remains date from this time period and the other structures date from times in the following centuries...Middle Pre-Classic Period (900-300 BCE. MelaineH (talk) 20:27, 11 March 2012 (UTC)


Political issues -1989- Carlos Salienas de Gortari (President) declared the area a biosphere. Since then, disparity between views and philosophies of local people and governments/outside environmentalists. --design of the reserve had been done in a superficial manner and did not include the consensus of all of the local populations. -environmental scientific understandings not communicated to local people. -Large, diverse migrated population but share a common identity as "campesinos". United front in pushing for access to important subsistence resources -For the people living on the land ("Ejidos" communities on communal lands) they see the environment as a place to work, reflected in their subsistence farming practices. This contrasts with the views of conservationists who think "ideal environment is one devoid of human presence." -Those who support sustainable use of resources vs. those who believe that environmental protection requires strict separation of people from the protected area. The "do not touch" mentality. -In 1991 the president gave the Campesinos "care for the reserve" -This came with funding for programs for protecting the remaining forests while encouraging self-sufficiency in the local farming sector. -biodiversity as "diversity in use" (pg. 486) -Conflicts with the Campesinos who do not receive a salary but rather use the land in the reserve to survive, makes them highly vulnerable to outside sources.

Resistance from farmers -This debate has created a resistance front from the local farmers -thinking that governments and urban environmentalists want the land for themselves which comes from their belief that land is for work. Therefore they figure if these groups wants the reserve for other profitable means. -farmers recognize the difference between symbolic and actual ownership. Despite letting them have the land for their farming practices, the governments practices are undermining their subsistence. -environmental regulations contributing to competing interests in natural resources control. -lack of confidence in government (pg. 487)MelaineH (talk) 17:00, 11 March 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by MelaineH (talkcontribs) 16:57, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

-Threats- "critically threatened" - Population growth - Conflicts between the administration and local people - Subsistence hunting and poaching - Slash and burn agriculture - Highways and roads - Tourist infrastructure - Poor reserve design - Lack of coordination between conservation and development organizations MelaineH (talk) 17:02, 11 March 2012 (UTC)