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The project has been conducted in three phases. Phase I, completed in 2005-2006, involved twenty decision-maker interviews, the construction of a socio-economic database for the Delta region, participation on a binational steering committee working toward conservation of this international area, and developing a research collaboration among the Sonoran Institute (SI), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the University of Arizona CLIMAS border research team.
Phase II, 2006-2008, represents a collaboration among SI, NWF, and CLIMAS. Led by Climas co-PI, Dr. Margaret Wilder, a small research team has conducted 800 random household surveys in three areas of the Delta: 1) within three “restoration zone communities” where Sonoran Institute is active in ecological restoration with local residents; 2) within the U.S. side of the Limitrophe region (Gadsden and Somerton); and 3) within the Mexico side of the Limitrophe region. The Limitrophe is a 23-mile rich, riparian area where the Colorado River forms the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
In Phase III, 2007-2008, we will conduct interviews with approximately 50 group leaders in larger urban areas, such as Yuma, Mexicali and San Luis Rio Colorado, regarding how these groups use and ‘value” the Delta’s riparian resources. During Phase III, we will complete our survey analysis and develop a GIS product to illustrate movements and flows of people and uses of riparian areas within the Lower Colorado and Delta region. We will also organize workshops to present preliminary survey and interview results to local communities in the region, and we will develop a final report and scholarly articles, for dissemination among interested stakeholders and others.