CCO presenting the PAMUCH Fish Recovery Site
Cuerpos de Conservación de Omoa (CCO), the NGO that co-administrates the Cuyamel Omoa National Park, Honduras, continues to thrive with the fisheries recovery site "Paraiso, Muchilena and Chachahuala” (PAMUCH). The creation of this site has had a positive effect on resources managements and its success has reached organizations outside the MAR Region, such as Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Chile.
As we all know, protected areas are one of the most important mechanisms for the protection of biodiversity. Chile has a major challenge in terms of financing its protected areas, with marine units having the poorest financial situation, with funding of $ 0.01 per protected hectare. The recent declarations of new marine protected areas by the Government, such as the Mar de Juan Fernández Multiple Uses Coastal Marine Protected Area (1.1 million ha) and the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park (30 million ha), further highlight the importance of evaluating non-traditional financing alternatives.
WCS-Chile is implementing the project applying financial instruments and integrating the fisheries to build an effective and sustainable management of the marine protected areas of the Chilean Patagonia. The objective of this project is to evaluate and propose alternatives for financing the management of protected areas in Chile, with a focus on non-traditional sources of financing.
With this in mind, WCS-Chile together with the Environmental Ministry of Chile and MAR Fund, visited CCO at Cuyamel Omoa on August 1st-2017 with the objective of learning about the experience and lessons learned that CCO has had with the creation of the fisheries recovery site PAMUCH. This visit helped WCS-Chile understand how this type of initiative works and what the benefits of it is, every knowledge acquired will help them analyze the possibility of its eventual implementation in Chile.
With your help we have been able to continue supporting projects that aim to protect our resources. Sustaining positive impacts we have been able to share our best practices with others who are searching for ways to manage their resources as well.
Thank you for trusting in our initiatives!
MAR Fund Team
Getting ready to visit the site