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General Information

Country Mexico
Latitude 19° 30' 0" (19.5000)
Longitude -101° 30' 0" (-101.5000)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities
 Lakes of Mexico

Physical Characteristics

Volume 28.00 km3


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description Research on soil conservation for steep slope agriculture conducted in the Patzquaro watershed shows that no-till and/or minimum till farming are feasible ways to reduce erosion and to cut runoff nutrient losses by 60%. (Soil & Water Conservation Society, 2000).
Issues Due to soil washing into the lake, Lake Patzcuaro has been losing 70 hectares (173 acres) of its surface annually.
Other Issues Erosion

Biodiversity Conservation

Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
ILEC Database

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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