Abstract for: Exploring Alternatives for Sustainable Development in Tamiahua Wetlands

This paper presents a preliminary System Dynamics model developed to analyze sustainability of a natural reserve in Mexico: the Tamiahua wetlands. Wetlands are often referred to as nature’s kidney because they filter contaminants from water. In spite of their importance, wetlands are endangered areas around the world. The preliminary model presented in this paper suggests that fishing activity in the Tamiahua wetlands, together with contaminants from human activity, have the potential to damage the diversity of species in the ecosystem, endangering the sustainability of the system. Continued work on the model is intended to explore appropriate ways of preserving Tamiahua, providing inhabitants with economic activities that promote the sustainability of the region.