| Aug 8, 2017
Strengthening Community Ties and The Parismina Beach Clean!
GVI and the local fishing team!
Working with the community is an incredibly important part of working in Jalova, Tortuguero National Park. The park itself is very important to Tortuguero town and the surrounding area, many people are employed in areas relating to protecting the Park or to tourism that the Park brings to the area. As such the community are generally aware of environmental issues and the importance of protected areas.
The park itself is very important to Tortuguero town and the surrounding area, many people are employed in areas relating to protecting the Park or to tourism that the Park brings to the area. As such the community are generally aware of environmental issues and the importance of protected areas.
We want to make sure that we do everything that we can to maintain this level of environmental awareness in the area, and also extend the knowledge and awareness that is already within the community. We also like to get involved with the community as much as possible to let them know about our presence in the Park and what work we are doing in the area.
Getting Involved at the Annual Event!
Therefore, this month we took all of our volunteers to visit Parismina for a beach clean at their annual fishing competition. Every year GVI volunteers and staff come together with the community for this event. It is an integral part of community life in Parismina and is well attended by members of the local community.
In the break of the fishing competition volunteers and the local fishermen worked together to clean the beach in Parismina. It was hard work as there was a lot of rubbish which had been washed up from the ocean, but working together made the task a lot easier! Everyone got involved in the clean and the beach was visibly cleaner afterwards. Everyone was surprised by the amount of rubbish we managed to collect over the course of the clean. We hope that it showed our volunteers and the locals how important it is to dispose of waste in the correct way, especially as it can wash up on beaches which are important to nesting marine turtles.
After the beach clean was completed we were able to provide the Parismina Fishing Team with video testimonials for their website showing how important our partnership with them is to us. All in all, it was a successful day and everyone had an enjoyable time.
Thank you for your continued support!
GVI Costa Rica
All the rubbish we collected