May 29, 2019

First guardians workshop

Mangrove guardian trainees
Mangrove guardian trainees

The first workshop to create guardians for Bahia Magdalena mangrove was on May 21st of 2019 at Santo Domingo, Comondú, Baja California Sur. This community -located in the Pacific coast- has direct contact with the mangrove, making it a strategic population for its conservation.

Pre-school, elementary and middle school teachers attended the workshop and received a manual with lessons and activities about: goods, environmental services and legal tools for land conservation. Along with environmental educational games the manual was given to the teachers in order to be applied at regular courses with their students to inform about these subjects and promote conservation actions. If students receive all the information and participate in community activities that benefits the mangrove preservation, they will be declared officially as Guardians of the Mangrove.

At the end of the workshop, the 12 participants received a certificate and the official pin that identifies them as Guardians of the Mangrove proving their training. Also, signed an engagement letter where they committed to spread the knowledge and promised to support conservation efforts.

In addition, a first contact with fishing cooperatives and local government was made. Officials from the Fishing and Aquaculture Department of the municipality of Comondu met with our team to talk about cooperation efforts to coordinate a surveillance group among fishing cooperatives of the region. To contribute those efforts we developed a contact register to coop on create the surveillance group to guard Bahia Magdalena coast.

This is a significant step towards Bahia Magdalena mangrove conservation.

Mangrove Guardians at workshop training
Mangrove Guardians at workshop training
Giving the official pin as Mangrove Guardian
Giving the official pin as Mangrove Guardian
Receiving the official Mangrove Guardian pin
Receiving the official Mangrove Guardian pin
First 12Mangrove Guardians
First 12Mangrove Guardians
Certificate, engagement letter and official pin
Certificate, engagement letter and official pin
Workshop teacher
Workshop teacher
Feb 26, 2019

First Action Plan 2019

Thanks to your contribution we can begin to implement our project.

This is our Action Plan which we will carry out in the first 6 months.

 

1.-  First contact with the community to identify possible guardians.

2.- Training workshop with the first 20 potential guardians.

3.- Signs allusive to the conservation of the site will be designed, printed and placed by the graduated guardians.

4.- The area will be visited to answer questions from the guardians and community, and to check the surveillance activity advances that have been made.

5.- We will seek to make agreements with local fishing cooperatives that support the surveillance of the area to be protected.

6.- From the training, constant communication with the guardians will be maintained to integrate gathered information from the surveillance rounds. 

7.- A meeting will be arranged to show results about surveillance activity, receive feedback, and gather the next guardians who will be trained.

Ibis
Ibis
Gray whale
Gray whale
Kangaroo rat
Kangaroo rat

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