Vicente 2010 MAR Fellow
Dear friends and supporters!
It’s the first trimester of 2018 and we are happy to report what MAR Fellows are up to.
Vicente, 2010 Fellow is very active organizing the "Sustainable and Social Tourism Summit", the most important sustainable tourism event in Mexico, of which his organization, Sustentur, is an ally and co-organizer. The event brings together more than 30 international speakers and 300 professionals, mainly from Mexico and Latin America, to discuss solutions to the great challenges of sustainable and social tourism. On the other hand, he has just finished an assessment of Isla Cozumel as a sustainable tourism destination that will allow to the tourism sector to establish actions to reduce its impact, and is actually working in the Coast of Oaxaca identifying opportunities for the development of community based-tourism.
Carlos, 2012 Fellow has recently been analyzing the private sector actions that have an impact on the environment in Playa del Carmen; water is a priority to which he has devoted time and effort to encourage people to connect to the drainage that is 100 meters from the sea. This effort is being integrated by the three levels of government, private sector and civil society organizations. Carlos is also the advisor of the strategy for climate change in Riviera Maya (Municipality of Solidaridad). According to the IPCC (2007), society can adapt to climate change and its impacts through adaptation and mitigation strategies. The proposed measures are of various kinds and are aimed at the protecting property, natural resources and human life. As part of the strategies of adaptation of the private sector Carlos has been a liaison with the Municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) in order to guide the management of the Greenhouse Gases Balance and design an Action Plan to face climate change impacts and report to the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).
Tzahyrí, 2014 MAR fellow has been creating art sculptures with recycled materials for the carnival and the festival of birds that took place in February on the island of Holbox, Quintana Roo. These actions encourage her students’ creativity and they learn new skills while helping to prevent thousands of bottles and plastics from ending up on the Mesoamerican Reef.
Alejandro López, 2016 Fellow has also been very active. He continues making progress in the methodology for the economic evaluation of hydrological services of the aquifers in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Bacalar in collaboration with the Autonomous Metropolitan University with Dr. Daniel Revollo, a MAR Leadership mentor. Alejandro has participated in a unique Satellite Event in Mexico of the World Water Forum, in its 8th Edition with the paper "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of the Karst-Coastal Aquifer of the Yucatan Peninsula". He participated in a project to determine the hydro stratigraphy of the coastal area of the municipality of Solidaridad and Puerto Morelos. He has participated in various conferences and life experiences for children and young people with the main objective of raising awareness of the local ecosystems and the Quintana Roo aquifer. He is organizing through Centinelas del Agua A.C. an event to celebrate World Water Day this coming March 22nd at the Cancun's Planetarium.
Conserve the water and connect to the drainage
Art made of recycled pet bottles - Tzahiry
Tzahiry and her art
Art made from recycled pet bottles
Alejandro giving a workshop
Alejandro teaching students about Maya aquifer
Sustainable Social and Tourism Summit -Vicente