EcoLogic has coordinated a series of meetings with key stakeholders in the coastal town of Sarstun, Guatemala, in an effort to find sustainable solutions to dwindling fishstocks. Results of these meetings include the training of fisherfolk to develop business and waste management plans to ensure fisherfolk are getting the most out of their daily catch. Potential business plans help identify and develop new marketable products such as fish sausage to make use of the entire catch and improve their price per fish. Waste management plans include the production of silage, a nutrient-rich liquid made from fish byproduct used to enhance soil conditions.
The heart of sustainability, as you and I both know, is protecting fragile resources while creating healthy livelihoods for families. It is also the heart of EcoLogic’s work. Your support can continue to help the fisherfolk of coastal Guatemala and their families adopt fishing practices that improve fish stocks and implement better ways to bring fish to market.
Thanks to support from the Swiss Re ReSource Award for sustainable watershed management, and Intercultural Productions, a socially motivated video and multimedia production company, EcoLogic has created this five-minute documentary about the history of our work in northern Honduras, and our collaboration with our local partner, the Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park (AJAASSPIB).
In 2011, our Communities Organizing for Watersheds project was awarded second place in the annual ReSource award competition as an exceptional program that "raises awareness of the ecological, social, and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries."
In the remote area of rural Panama, communities are making good use of the motto “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” Working with local volunteers, EcoLogic has held workshops centered on composting, solid waste management, and sanitation. These workshops are just part of the waste management plan that includes the construction of composting latrines, and a Waste Commission that has created and distributed a waste management guide for schools and public buildings.
Community participation has been high, especially with younger children. Such high youth involvement has prompted the creation of an additional workshop focused on crafting. Youth are learning how to repurpose old soda cans, bottles, and other trash that would be otherwise discarded. Their creations include Christmas ornaments, and standalone pieces of art.
By offering communities a variety of workshops, EcoLogic is proving a holistic solution to waste management. Through education, the communities of San Miguel are learning how to preserve their land, allow for a safe avenue to properly dispose of waste, and improve their own well-being.