Conservation Priorities

The Biodiversity and Conservation Landscape of the Peninsula of Baja California

Starting in June 2017, the San Diego Natural History Museum began a yearlong collaborative project to strengthen our understanding of the current status of research and conservation efforts in the peninsula of Baja California. This project aims to put in one place all the information that we have to date about the distribution of species in the peninsula, and make it available online as maps and GIS files. We will overlap this information with our current conservation landscape. The project is dived into two phases.

In Phase 1, the Museum is conducting workshops to combine expert opinion and data analysis to identify regions of particularly high endemism and/or biological diversity, ‘black holes’ of biodiversity knowledge, areas historically documented with limited recent knowledge, areas most threatened/fragile, and areas of regional research priority.

In Phase 2, this biological information gathered in the first phase will be overlain with spatial land use data for natural protected areas, government regions of interest, priority regions for the NGO community, public spaces/community parks, and CONABIO’s national risk analysis.

By combining these data, we plan to provide tools that various research and conservation organizations might use to help them achieve their organizational goals.

This page is under development. Please check back for project updates.

This Project is a collaboration with CONABIO and Terra Peninsular.