We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
We are delighted to share that this has been by far our most successful period, raising in six months nearly as much as we did the whole of the previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America including support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now realise their goal of seeing impoverished students through to completion of the primary education earning recognised qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
Our local partner, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, have worked extensively within the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve on Yucatan peninsula, Mexico.
To date they have completed two major campaigns to characterize the reef, the first was completed in the 90’s and the second in 2010. In addition, in collaboration with GVI, we run an ongoing, permanent coral reef and fish species monitoring program.
Moving forwards preparations are underway for a new mapping project of the marine ecosystem within the reserve. This will act as a tool in which we will create an inventory of the different types of habitat and identify areas which are more susceptible to act as biodiversity hot spots.
Currently the team are involved in a pilot survey with the aim of improving the methodology before the official survey which is due to begin within the next couple of months.
Data collected from this critical work is used to help govern the management and protection of important biodiversity hotspots like the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
Along with the fishing cooperatives working in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and COBI, Amigos de Sian Ka’an is protecting over 9,000has through the establishment of community no-take zones. Moving forwards we aim to include Open Water Diver and Coral Reef Monitoring training for local fishermen, so they can get involved in monitoring the progress of the delimited areas.
Moreover, in the following months Amigos de Sian Ka’an and GVI will be launching a mid-term conservation project to characterize and monitor coastal habitats associated to shallow coral reefs in northern Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Punta Gruesa, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Thank you so much for all of the support which is helping us to continue conserving Marine ecosystems.
We have been working closely with our local partner on the ground in Mexico, award winning Amigos de Sian Kaan. As we maintain work on current projects we are looking to develop new initiatives such as Acroporas characterization using state of the art remote perception tools and running photo transects to understand the distribution of coral reef species.
In addition we are continuing to promote sustainable development in these marine environments. We recently held a further three workshops in Puna Herrero, Maria Elena and Punta Allen. During the workshops we worked alongside local fisherman in order to establish ‘no take zones’ to help preserve endangered marine species.
Work on the project continues as always, many thanks for your support.
Spawning aggregations, along with nursery areas, are key habitats for the sustainability of reef fish populations. In that direction, our partners on the ground Amigos de Sian Ka’an have scaled one step up by joining local fishermen to establish No Take Zones that will allow reef fish to reproduce, increase biomass and biodiversity. We already held workshops to increase awareness on three communities in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (Punta Allen, Maria Elena and Punta Herrero). A total of 56 fishermen were trained on No Take Zones, and preliminary areas were proposed. Next November, we will be on the field delimitating those areas with GPS, as well as continuing with their training. Therefore, we are looking forward your donations to purchase fuel for field work, and to analyze the status of those habitats.
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager