Cozumel, MX. On Monday, October 28, the XXIII Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation was inaugurated in the colonial city of La Antigua, Guatemala. Each year this event brings together researchers, students and other participants from different countries of the American continent.

Biologist Cristina Mota Rodríguez, a student at the University of Quintana Roo, from the Master in Sustainable Tourism Management, presented advances in her research on invasive plants in protected areas and their relationship with tourism activity; as well as the results of the work carried out by the Network of Wildlife Management and Exotic of the island for the care, management and rescue of wildlife in Cozumel, the above through two works presented on Tuesday 29, in the “Symposium of experiences in the management of biological invasions in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean ”that developed as a thematic axis of the congress.

The congress will give forum to more than 200 oral presentations and 80 posters of different themes where they have presented the results of research and projects that are developed for the conservation of biodiversity in Mesoamerica. Among the countries that have participated these 3 days it is possible to mention Guatemala (headquarters), Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, Nicaragua and Panama. Mexico has a presence in this edition with more than 50 participants from all over the country, from different branches of biology.

Currently, Cozumel is home to a significant number of unique species in the world, such as Cozumel’s dwarf raccoon or emerald hummingbird, endemic to the island. Therefore, it is even more fragile in the face of biological invasions. It is a priority to strengthen island biosafety protocols and develop strategies to prevent the entry and dispersion of exotic and invasive species.

Participation in these types of events is always a great opportunity to share the advances in research and management that have been achieved on the island in this and other topics, as well as to learn from other communities in Mexico and the world. (Special)