Faculty Advisor

Addison, William A.


This document prepared for the Department of Natural and Environmental resources (DNER), describes the pressure of urbanization and development currently threatening the Guanica Public Forest .The most comprehensive way to address these pressures is to design a management region regulating human and societal interactions within the biosphere. The current DNER management procedures is analyzed based on factors needed for an efficient ecosystem management region, including biodiversity, urbanization, pollution and tourism. We located such pressure points in the Guanica region, including the surrounding municipalities of Yauco, Guayanilla, Sabana Grande, and Lajas. The Commonwealth is pushing for these municipalities for an increase in urbanization and tourism, which will require careful management. The forest is placed under immense pressure from the Yauco Municipal and Industrial landfill located on the Outskirts of the Guanica Forest. We have recommendations to the DNER that will hopefully aid in the preservation of the Guanica Biosphere Reserve and prevent future destruction arising from unmanaged urban and industrial development.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts