Help Local Leaders Save the Mesoamerican Reef

 
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Help Local Leaders Save the Mesoamerican Reef

Help Local Leaders Save the Mesoamerican Reef
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The 2012 Cohort

The 2012 Cohort
2012 MAR Leadership Fellows at their workshop in Tela, Honduras, September 2012. At this workshop they learned about budgeting and conflict resolution, among other things. (view small | med | large | orig)

Experts help our fellows succeed

Experts help our fellows succeed
MAR Leadership's main goal is to get really effective reef conservation projects on the ground and running. To this end, we incorporate experts in our cohorts that can give our fellows' projects the special touch they need to succeed. Here, Luis Bourillon of COBI helps Gaby Nava formulate her project, which seeks to conserve Acropora palmata (a coral species that has the potential to bring back fish populations). (view small | med | large | orig)

Project design at its finest

Project design at its finest
Adriel (2012 MAR Leader) working with Paquita Bath, a strategic planning consultant who works with MAR Leadership on all things project design. She's an amazing mentor and we're lucky to have her! (view small | med | large | orig)

Numbers for nature

Numbers for nature
Thanks to MAR Leadership funding, Angela was able to take a course in environmental economics, which will help her convince decision-makers to conserve mangroves (video: http://bit.ly/T5gOis) (view small | med | large | orig)

Networking

Networking
MAR Leaders have a chance to network with conservationists and influential people from across the region (and across the world) at our workshops. (view small | med | large | orig)

Our fellows know the region and its people

Our fellows know the region and its people
The Mesoamerican Reef is important becuase of its beauty, its bounty and because of the different cultures it hosts. Here, Kim Ley, a fellow from our 2011 Cohort on Sustainable Fisheries, gets to know a Garifuna fisherman in Honduras on one of the program's field trips. (view small | med | large | orig)

Gaby Nava below the waves

Gaby Nava below the waves
Gaby Nava, a member of the 2011 Leadership Generation, is looking to restore Elkhorn Coral to improve coastal protection and recruit important commercial fish species. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mangroves

Mangroves
Mangroves are one of the key MAR region ecosystems, and several of our program's fellows are working to preserve them. (view small | med | large | orig)

Save the reef. Eat a lionfish.

Save the reef. Eat a lionfish.
This photo might make you question: "How could killing a beautiful fish lead to reef conservation?" The lionfish is an invasive species, which means it doesn't belong in this ecosystem. It has the potential to consume 80% of the fish larvae residing in the Mesoamerican Reef. So, just as the title connotes, we're promoting consumption of the lionfish to preserve local fish populations, which are important for coastal communities' economic wellbeing. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Organization

Project Leader

Maria Eugenia Arreola

Mexico, Distrito Federal Mexico

Where is this project located?

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