Riviera Maya, is home to the world's second-largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, important habitats including mangrove forests and coastal wetlands, and diverse marine life such as critically endangered species such as whale sharks and the Hawksbill sea turtle. Wework with local partners and communities to restore and conserve the Mesoamerican Coral Reef System.Our community-led project focuses on uplifting the communities through both education and women empowerment.
Human factors affecting this habitat include unsustainable fishing methods, unregulated property development along the coastline, unchecked tourism activities, and climate change. Since 2018, a new coral illness, known as white band, has added further stresses and coral fatalities, including over 40% of Caribbean coral in one year.
Our long term collaborative project works towards immediate impacts through coral restoration and research programs, environmental education, alternative income generation for men and women that depends upon the long term success of the local natural resources. The project also researches the dependency and needs of the community in relation to the health reef. We work with local partners to support change in attitudes, regulation, and policy.
Our long term collaborative project's objective is to restore and conserve the coral reef ecosystem and marine species in the local area and regionally. The project strengthens the community engagement with the conservation of the reef and strengthens the protection and survival of one of the most important habitats in the world. In the long term, the project will phase over to the community and the collaborative partners, once they feel prepared to continue the work independently.
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