Nov 19, 2019

Meet our 2019 Cohort!

MAR Leadership 2018 Cohort
MAR Leadership 2018 Cohort

We are excited to introduce you to the 2019 Cohort comprised of a total of 14 fellows from the four MAR countries in five teams (one from Belize, one from Guatemala, two from Honduras and one from Mexico).

In this fantastic group of innovators, three fellows come from government, two from academic institutions, six from civil society organizations, and three from the private sector. 71% percent are women, and 29% are men. 

MAR-L has heavily invested in supporting leaders committed to improving fisheries in the region. Therefore, and with the understanding that the less ecologically degraded a reef ecosystem is, the more resilient and productive it is, we strive to scale up and launch successful projects that promote sustainable fisheries and sustainable community development with a gender perspective along the MAR.

The 2019 cohort leaders will design and implement the following six projects on sustainable fisheries and community development in the four MAR countries: 

  1. Biological and socioeconomic characterization of the Manjua fishery (family: Engraulidae) in the Caribbean of Guatemala
  2. For a fishery without leaving traces in the Bay Islands National Marine Park 
  3. Tools for the transition to territorial rights of use in fisheries in the Tela
  4. Turneffe Case Study to Create an Adaptive Lobster Fishery Management Model in Belize
  5. Design of a community monitoring program for a sustainable elasmobranch fishery in the North of Quintana Roo.

The MAR-L Program will provide 2019 Leaders an opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on experience and develop personal, professional, and environmental conservation leadership skills. These skills will enable Leaders to be-come frontrunners in protecting the Mesoamerican Reef and associated marine ecosystems and lead efforts to conserve, protect, and restore marine ecosystems in their communities, countries and across the region.

The training cycle of the 2019 cohort includes:
- A two-week workshop (15 days total, including travel time) will take place on September 14 - 30, 2019 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. During this workshop, Leaders will be trained by international experts on sustain-able fisheries management, marine reserves, climate change, fisheries science and management, blue econ-omy, community development successful models, public policy advocacy, storytelling, resource mobiliza-tion, negotiation and conflict resolution, personal development and leadership styles.
- Four webinars of two hours each on topics of interest to the cohort members.
- A 4-day trip to Baja California Sur during the first half of 2020 (dates to be confirmed) to participate at the Marine and Coastal Conservation Exchange between the Gulf of California region and the MAR
- Networking opportunities with leaders of other cohorts.

Thank you for your support! 

Sep 26, 2019

September update

Rainwater harvesting system in Coahuila
Rainwater harvesting system in Coahuila

Dear Friends,

During the past weeks, in collaboration with the Mexican company Rotoplas, we began the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in rural communities located in the mountainous regions of northeast Mexico. This effort seeks to increase water security for the people living in this remote region.

In the coming weeks, we will continue with the installation of the systems and begin work on four additional solid waste management modules and the establishment of 20 community gardens.

Please consider becoming a recurrent donor to this project and mentioning us to your friends and family. Every one of your generous donations helps us improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable segments of the population in Mexico.

Best regards,


Community meeting in Canoas, Nuevo Leon.
Community meeting in Canoas, Nuevo Leon.
About to install the  system in Santa Cruz.
About to install the system in Santa Cruz.
Aug 27, 2019

August update

Young eagle seen flying with his parents.
Young eagle seen flying with his parents.

Dear friends,

On our previous report, we told you about a golden eagle chick that we were following in the state of Guanajuato—the only known chick to have hatched in that region this year. As this season was very dry and had a marked lack of available prey for the eagles, we were worried that the chick would not have enough resources to survive. Against all odds, however, during the last days of June, our feathery friend took his first flight all by himself. We were even able to snap a picture of the young eagle flying alongside his parents! This brings renewed hope for the continuation of the species in central Mexico.

On a different note, we produced a new comic book that tells the story of Iká—which translates to “wind” in Rarámuri, a local indigenous language—, a golden eagle chick that was born in the state of Chihuahua. This new material will be used to support our educational program with children in rural communities.

Your support is paramount for the continuation of our work. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and please consider renewing your contribution to the project. 

Kind regards,


New comic book!
New comic book!
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