February workshop, fabulous MAR Fellows, & other news
By Claudia Taylor - Creative Development Assistant, MAR Leadership
March already! It's unbelieveable how fast 2013 is moving, at least here in the MAR Leadership Program.
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Here are some of the things going on now in the MAR Leadership Program that you've helped support:
February workshop in Placencia, Belize where MAR Fellows had the opportunity to hear from 16 experts on fundraising, donor relations, conservation projects, social marketing, marine protected areas, and leadership
Fellows making leaps and bounds in leadership skills, then using these skills in their professional lives:Giaco (2012 fellow from Honduras) was appointed Director of the Roatan Marine Park last week, and this week Angela (2012 fellow from Guatemala) was chosen as Coordinator for the initial phase of a WWF project called the "Caribbean Marine Conservation Program."
Peer support this week as Kim of the 2011 cohort traveled to Belize to help out Kirah, also a 2011 fellow, to to train fishers in sustainable lobster fishing methods and the use of lobster shades--exactly the kind of networking impact the MAR Leadership Program wants to have in the region.
Exciting learning opportunities for Cleo, a 2012 fellow, who received support from MAR Leadership to attend the 2013 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, and for Blanca, a 2011 fellow, who participated in a forum put on by The Summit Foundation and the Seattle International Foundation to share strategies and best practices related to youth community leadership and women’s leadership in Central America.
A new staff member for the program: Mariana Chávez joins us as Project Officer, and we're happy to have her!
An external evaluation of the MAR Leadership Program, conducted by Leadership Learning Community (LLC), which is in full swing.
For more information on some of these items, check out the links below. Thank you for your support of the MAR Leadership Program, and please continue helping us build a network of conservation leaders to save the Mesoamerican Reef!
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