Summary

Project Title |  Tsegyalgar West

Client Name | Dzogchen community, Namkahi Norbu Rinpoche

Collaborators | TOA

Location | Baja California Sur, México

 

Services Provided

We provided a site analysis for the 3,000 acres of property in the lower mountains in Baja California Sur, near San José del Cabo. As part of this site analysis a catalog of represented features was made including, vegetation types and distribution patterns, erosion causes and locations, permanent and seasonal hydrological features, areas prone to fire and severity, micro-watersheds, flora and fauna inventory, and property boundaries. From these elements a series of recommendations were made to the owner for consideration in their development plans, including strategic areas for development, tactics for ecosystem regeneration, and overall zoning.

 

Key Highlights

  • Consolidated areas for development based on existing impact and erosion subsequently minimizing the overall impact to the site due to development

  • Leveraged the plans for development and construction as a restorative effort for the adjacent areas

  • Demonstrated the ecological value of the site as a tactic for acquiring a conservation easement

  • Identified previously unknown water sources

 

Testimonials

“I worked with Juan for more than one year on a large land development project that had many layers of complexity.  I have been deeply impressed by Juan's sensitivity to client needs, organizational dynamics and culture, and many more subtle issues that most professionals usually ignore.  He also possesses a very high degree of professional competence but what distinguishes him is his great capacity to discern all dimensions of a project, from personal to technical, and offer wise judgements.”

- Margaret Wheatley,  author of Leadership and the New Science and a recognized authority on leadership

“Our rural 3,000 acre retreat center in Baja Sur, Mexico benefited tremendously from Juan Rovalo’s and the TOA team expertise.  In 2012-2013, Juan assisted our planning group by creating over the course of several months of intensive work, a detailed land assessment to enable us to proceed to a master plan that will fulfill our needs to rethink and design the utilization of the land and its resources, in a complex environment with pressing needs for ecological intervention.  Juan provided complete stewardship during the assessment process, answering clearly questions and engaging thoroughly with our group.  His interim documents and final product, a 60 page assessment tool, greatly increased clarity regarding our options.”

- Margherita Pagni, Co-Director of the Board of Tsegyalgar West, Baja Sur

At Tsegyalgar West in Baja Sur, Mexico, Juan Rovalo and his colleagues at TOA, have intensively studied our 3,000 acres, and in record time produced a 3-D model of the land so that it could be presented to important stakeholders who could not hike the land.  They also made suggestions for green retreat buildings and remote retreat sites.  The work is invaluable for our planning process to preserve this tropical drylands landscape and also benefit from it." 

- Carol Fields, Berkeley, CA

  Topographic model of the land and its surroundings, marking key places for special zoning features.    Image credit: Jorge Kanahuati

Topographic model of the land and its surroundings, marking key places for special zoning features.

Image credit: Jorge Kanahuati

  Excerpt of flora inventory included in final report and presentation

Excerpt of flora inventory included in final report and presentation

  Overview of site landscape and ecology    Image credit: Juan Rovalo

Overview of site landscape and ecology

Image credit: Juan Rovalo