Región y sociedad
Print version ISSN 1870-3925
ORTEGA ARMENTA, Rosa Hidemi et al. Diagnóstico socioambiental como fundamento para una estrategia de educación ambiental en Colonet, Baja California. Región y sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.53, pp.153-187. ISSN 1870-3925.
Colonet, Baja California, is a rural community located in an arid zone where the development of a new port of huge dimensions has been proposed. We conducted a socio-environmental diagnosis in order to identify current environmental problems and possible solutions through the analysis of social perception and environmental threats. The lack of water is perceived as a major problem due to social and political factors. Agricultural practices were identified as the major environmental threat. Our results show the need to foster better community organization on the basis of more profound environmental information. With the identified solutions we designed four scenarios. Here we propose a model for developing an environmental education strategy to promote the organization and informed participation of the community in order to increase technical organic agriculture and integrated water resources management.
Keywords : arid zone; environmental threats; social perception; environmental education; integrated water resource management; megaprojects.