Carlos Mestanza-Ramón

Carlos Mestanza-Ramón
Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo · Faculty of Sciences

Researcher Professor / PhD Conservation and Management
Evaluation of Hg in surface H2O and aquifers in Ecuador. Evaluation of the landscape in the Colombian-Ecuadorian border.

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Introduction
Researcher Professor: Biodiversity, ecology and hydrology. Dedicated to research on environmental management in coastal and Amazonian areas. I am currently working on the evaluation of impacts and conflicts due to royalties in the execution of works, projects or exploitation of natural resources / Evaluation of Hg in surface H2O and aquifers in Ecuador / Landscape assessment in the Colombian-Ecuadorian border.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo
Position
  • Docente Investigador
September 2017 - February 2018
Universidad Estatal Amazónica
Position
  • Catedrático Investigador
Education
November 2017 - November 2019
Universidad de Cádiz
Field of study
  • Conservación del Medio Ambiente
October 2016 - October 2017
Universidad de Cádiz
Field of study
  • Conservación y Gestión del Medio Natural
July 2015 - December 2015
ISC Autralia
Field of study
  • Calidad

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Publications (44)
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Biodiversity at the species and ecosystem level is an important basis for tourism, especially for tourism economies in landscapes optimal for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity , which are addressed under the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the last two decades , the Podocnemis unifilis turtle has presented problems represe...
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In Ecuador, since 2005 in the northern Amazon, trinitario hybrid cacao mother plants characterized by early and abundant fruiting, known as “Super árbol”, have been identified. This genetic material was disseminated in the region, but most of the available information corresponds to empirical knowledge. In this sense, the present study aimed to eva...
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Mining is one of the oldest economic activities of mankind. Within this activity, artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is one of the most studied sectors due to its high level of environmental contamination and the social problems it causes. In recent years, ASGM in the northern Amazon of Ecuador has increased significantly, and studies tha...
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La sostenibilidad de destinos turísticos, debería ser una responsabilidad asumida por los actores de la actividad turística en sus prácticas productivas. Es así, que el emplear herramientas que permitan realizar evaluaciones periódicamente, favorece a la aplicación de estrategias encaminadas al desarrollo sostenible. El turismo comunitario, dentro...
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Resumen: Los helechos son un grupo taxonómico de criptógamas vasculares pertenecientes al reino plantae división de las pteridofitas, estas carecen de flores y semillas. Son de importancia ecológica por que se fijan al suelo otorgando una protección contra la erosión, cumplen funciones muy importantes dentro de los ecosistemas, ya que intervienen e...
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Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and large-scale mining in the Ecuadorian Amazon region is potentially harmful to nature, and its impacts are associated with environmental degradation and deterioration of people's health. So far, limited efforts have been directed at exploring the current situation and challenges facing the implementati...
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Rigorous peer-reviews are the basis of high-quality academic publishing. Thanks to the great efforts of our reviewers, Systems was able to maintain its standards for the high quality of its published papers. Thanks to the contribution of our reviewers, in 2021, the median time to first decision was 16 days and the median time to publication was 44...
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Mining in Ecuadorian territory comprises three stages of Ecuadorian history: pre-Columbian, colonial, and republican times. In its beginnings, this activity did not have regulations or a legal foundation. The first Mining Law dates back to 1830, and it has been modified until the most recent update in 2009. The Andean region consists of 10 province...
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CBO Postgraduate Conference 2021 es la primera Conferencia Internacional dirigida a investigadores post graduados organizada por la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) y la Universidade Portucalense (UPT). Los trabajos presentados en esta primera edición han correspondido a Trabajos de Fin de Grado, Trabajos de Fin de Máster, Trabajos Doctorales y o...
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Gold mining in Ecuador has been present in the country since Inca times; over the years interest in the mineral has increased, leading to the creation of legislation to control the mining sector in a safe manner. The Litoral region consists of seven provinces, six of which have registered gold concessions; the most affected provinces are El Oro and...
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The landfill is a final disposal technique to confine municipal solid waste (MSW), where organic matter is degraded generating leachate and biogas composed of methane gases (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases that contribute to global warming. The objective of the current research was to estimate the amount of biogas generated through the L...
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At present, climate change is a direct threat to biodiversity and its effects are evidenced by an increasingly accelerated loss of biodiversity. This study identified the main threats presently facing the Tapirus pinchaque species in Ecuador, generated predictive models regarding its distribution, and analyzed the protected areas as a conservation...
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Tourism in natural areas attracts people seeking contact with pristine ecosystems as opposed to a polluted urban habitat and a stressful pace of life. An adequate tourist route and itinerary guarantees a high level of tourist satisfaction. The objective of this study was to focus on the design of a tourist route and itinerary in the Altar Volcano,...
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The design of new routes is a specific strategy to improve tourism management and to increase the attractiveness of landscape features, promoting activities as a part of sustainable development. This study proposes the design of alternative multi-parameter tourist routes in the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve based on spatial network analysis implement...
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ASGM Mining processes have increased in recent years, becoming one of the main activities re-sponsible for serious impacts on ecosystems, affecting biodiversity and valuable resources such as soil and water. It is necessary to analyze the successful management developed by some countries in gold extraction, through innovative techniques and procedu...
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Global conflicts can severely affect a nation’s tourism activities. Tourism can also be seriously affected by health problems such as epidemics or pandemics. It is important to establish strategies to be prepared for adverse situations. The objective of this study focused on analyzing nature tourism from a post-conflict and post-COVID-19 situation...
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SUN, SEA AND SAND TOURISM ALONG THE CONTINENTAL COAST OF ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Several studies conducted in recent decades show that human needs for food, energy, transportation, recreation and other services in coastal areas are growing rapidly. Coastal areas are fragile ecosystems and, therefore, need to be properly managed to preven...
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Resumen: La conservación del suelo se refiere a la aplicación de tecnologías que previenen la degradación de las características físicas, químicas y microbiológicas del suelo. Este trabajo analizó y describió las principales tecnologías de conservación del suelo y las características generales de los suelos amazónicos ecuatorianos mediante una revi...
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Biodiversity is vital for the stability of the planet; its ecosystem services provide essential elements for our survival and well-being. This review analyzes the national biodiversity policies and describes the main strategies for biodiversity conservation in Ecuador, one of the "mega-diverse" countries in the world with the highest species densit...
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The scenery, safety, facilities, water quality and litter quantities in coastal areas are relevant and determining elements in the choice of a tourist destination. This paper focused on the evaluation of coastal scenic value in 55 and 12 sites respectively located in continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The information obtained gives publ...
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Tourism in coastal areas is becoming increasingly important in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) as an integrated approach that balances the requirements of different tourist sectors. This paper analyzes ICZM in continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands from the perspective of the 3S tourism, and presents its strengths, weaknesses, oppo...
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La capacidad de carga ha emergido como un parámetro importante a considerar al desarrollar una serie de herramientas de manejo efectivas para áreas naturales protegidas de tal manera que la experiencia del turista promedio sigue siendo satisfactoria cuando se ejerce un impacto "aceptable" o mínimo. La Reserva de Producción de Fauna Cuyabeno (RPFC)...
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Sea, Sun, and Sand (3S) are relevant and determining elements for choosing a tourist destination in Ecuador, a country with about 1200 km of coast along the Pacific Ocean. This study analyzed the market potential of the 3S in 64 beaches, 10 located in the Galapagos and 54 in the continental zone (of Ecuador). The methodology used was exploratory an...
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En la última década en la República del Ecuador se fortaleció notablemente el turismo y uno de los beneficiados fueron las comunidades indígenas y rurales mediante el turismo comunitario. Este tipo de turismo no ha logrado alcanzar las metas por las que se concibió. El presente estudio pretende demostrar la problemática del turismo comunitario en u...
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La capacidad de carga ha emergido como un parámetro importante a considerar para manejo efectivo de áreas naturales protegidas de tal manera que la experiencia del turista promedio sigue siendo satisfactoria cuando se ejerce un impacto "aceptable" o mínimo. La Reserva de Producción de Fauna Cuyabeno (RPFC) es una de las 56 áreas protegidas de Ecuad...
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La capacidad de carga ha emergido como un parámetro importante a considerar al desarrollar una serie de herramientas de manejo efectivas para áreas naturales protegidas de tal manera que la experiencia del turista promedio sigue siendo satisfactoria cuando se ejerce un impacto "aceptable" o mínimo. La Reserva de Producción de Fauna Cuyabeno (RPFC)...
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The objective of the study is to analyze integrated coastal zone management in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and to discuss its challenges and opportunities in the face of constant changes in tourism and economic realities. The methodology used is based on the analysis of ten key elements to analyze national coastal management: polici...
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The investigation was based on the identification of psychosocial risk factors in the workers of the oil services company MKP. The theoretical framework is based on the operationalization of the variables contained in the hypothesis regarding psychosocial factors, classification of psychosocial risks, effects of psychosocial risks, the method used...
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The objective of this study was to compare the results of some parameters of seminal quality of bulls obtained by the Conventional method and also by the computerized CASA system, other objective was to determinate if there is any difference in seminal quality between Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss bulls. Semen samples were collected from 5 bulls...
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Carrying capacity has emerged as an important parameter to consider when developing a series of effective management tools for natural protected areas such that the experience of the average tourist remains satisfactory when exerting an "acceptable" or minimum impact to the protected area. The Cuyabeno Fauna Production Reserve (CFPR), one of the 56...
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The study was conducted in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos, where cocoa is one of the most important agricultural items and seeks to position itself as a product with differentiation because they are in the area of influence of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. The purpose of this work was to define the quality of the National and Trinitarian c...
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This article seeks to understand and deepen the main meanings of the Limoncocha lagoon for the Kichwa community of Limoncocha, located in the buffer zone of the Limoncocha Biological Reserve (RBL), province of Sucumbíos, Ecuadorian Amazonian north. The research was ethnobiological and transdisciplinary, oriented from two theoretical approaches: Pol...
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The vision of the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador is to ensure that the country sustainably uses its strategic natural resources to achieve good living. Its mission is to effectively and efficiently exercise the stewardship of environmental management, guaranteeing a harmonious relationship between the economic, social and environmental axes...
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The communities according to study shows loss of tree species, caused by agricultural and livestock practices without planning, by the oil industry through the opening of several kilometres of roads access to extraction areas and the installation of oil pipelines facilitates the installation of settlers, that has influenced the expansion of the agr...
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Sports activities require a physical environment and the use of this environment, its resources and environmental services, necessarily results in certain effects on it and correct the potential environmental impacts of sports practice in the natural environment: If we want to continue enjoying sports practice in the natural environment, we must mi...
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Community tourism is a recent tourism initiative that is being developed in Latin America as an alternative to traditional tourism. This tourism typology aims to contribute to the conservation of the environment and the participation of the local community in the tourist management of the territory. Community tourism, defined as any solidary touris...
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The presence and characterization of beach litter was investigated, according to the EA/NALG (2000) methodology, at 59 sites along four provinces of Ecuador, i.e., three continental and the Galapagos Islands Province. The methodology, which has been verified in several countries, was used to classify beaches into four grades (from “A” – excellent t...
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p style="text-align: justify;">Las áreas protegidas representan espacios de gran valor ambiental y social. Su buen manejo puede permitir tanto la protección de la biodiversidad como el crecimiento del interés de los turistas. Con respecto a la gobernanza de estas áreas, se discute frecuentemente la posibilidad de cobrar a los visitantes por su disf...
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Conflicts and ecological impacts in natural protected areas can arise for various reasons. The behavior of social stakeholders in the face of conflict is the object of study. Their reactions can be varied according to the personal interests of the parties. Conflicts can cause changes in the communities, incomprehensibly affecting the environment an...
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Analysis of written documents, projects and historical cartography of the 17th and 18th centuries allows reconstruction of the shore protection works performed at Callao (Peru) to defend the settlements and its boundary wall from storm waves and tsunamis. Groins appeared for the first time in early 18th century maps, together with gently sloping re...
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The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the 50 protected areas of Ecuador. This is considered a good strategic place for hosting unique and representative ecosystems of the Amazon region. It is located in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbios. This current research study determined the main environmental impacts of tourist in the reserve´s publicly...
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A coastal scenery assessment was carried out at 50 sites along the 910 km long Andalusia coast (SW Spain) using a checklist of 26 natural and human parameters, parameter weighting matrices, and fuzzy logic. A scenic classification was utilised that can rate sites as Class I (natural areas of great scenic beauty) to Class V (urbanised areas of poor...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease that affects 0.5 to 2 % of the global population. In Ecuador the reported prevalence of the disease is 0.9 %. Recently, an increase number of polymorphisms have been studied in order to find a relationship between the disease and genetic polymorphisms. Two of the most studied polymorphism...

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What elements or aspects do you value when selecting a tourist lagoon to visit?
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What elements or aspects do you value when selecting a tourist lagoon to visit?
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When you visit a Cascade, what aspects do you value most in its overall landscape: characteristics of ecosystem element?
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Scenic beauty of a waterfall:
Question for all researchers: When you visit a Cascade, what aspects do you value most in its overall landscape: characteristics of ecosystem element?
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Comments on the use of Hg mercury in gold mining?

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To design a bi-national tourist route (Colombia-Ecuador) in the Amazon region in the department of Putumayo and the province of Sucumbios, applying current and innovative techniques that will allow for the development of tourism and the revitalization of the economy in a post-conflict and post-COVID situation.19
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Establish a baseline on mining concessions and illegal activities in the processes of artisanal and industrial gold extraction in Ecuador and identify the main pollutants and their impacts on surface water, vadose zone and aquifers, through innovative techniques and strategies-confidential, to reduce the impact on water bodies and promote life in harmony and good living.