In October 2014, within the framework of the XVIII Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (SMBC) in Copán Ruinas, Honduras, the MSc. J. Manuel Aranda Coello and the biologist Tomas Rodríguez Cabrera founded the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Network for the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (MesoHerp Network), as a response of the Central American countries to the lack of regional communication forums for professionals, students and researchers interested in conservation in the herpetofauna of the Mesoamerican region. In that first meeting, participated professionals interested in the field of herpetology from Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador and Colombia.
With the vision of achieving the integration of a group of herpetologists who work with the objective of developing research and conservation projects that can solve common problems in the Mesoamerica. The mission of Red MesoHerp is to promote research projects aimed at the conservation, management, biology and ecological relations of amphibian and reptile species in the Mesoamerican and Caribbean area, through a forum of great importance, conferences, symposiums and workshops, where professionals and their research can be known, and students from neighboring countries can meet. Currently, the MesoHerp Network is composed of representatives in each of the Mesoamerican countries and Cuba.
Among the objectives of the network are:
1.- Research: Develop research projects that can be applied to all the countries involved, in order to generate comprehensive knowledge aimed at the protection and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the region.
2.-Education and communication: Promote and disseminate topics related to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles through national and regional programs that include the participation of people.
3.- Conservation: Promote and encourage the application of correct policies focused on the implementation of management plans for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.
Recently, the 1st Symposium of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Network for the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles; “Mesoamerica united by the Conservation of the Herpetofauna” was held during the XXII Congress of the SMBC in Panama City, Panama, November 21-25, 2018. For more information about the MesoHerp Network visit: www.redmesoherp.wixsite.com/red-mesoherp.