Speaking with media training
Dear GG friends, partners and followers,
It is with great pleasure that we share with you our latest news!
This quarter, we have held the final workshop of our 2016 cohort, reviewed their final project proposals and organized 3 webinars for our Fellows and partners!
Fourth and final workshop of the 2016 cohort on Blue Economy:
The final workshop of the 2016 Blue Economy cohort took place in Belize City.
After exchanging progresses and news, the MAR Leadership Team trained Fellows on project design. Alyssa Carnegie, director of communications for Oceana Belize, trained Fellows on how to talk to the media. Through an energetic presentation and various exercises, she provided them with valuable tools and tips to get their message through in various interview situations.
Kim Bonine from Conservation Strategy Fund deepened her training in economic tools through concepts such as finance for conservation, sustainable business plan, economic impact analysis, and fisheries management and policies. Exercises and case studies illustrated her presentations for a better understanding and dynamic.
Larry Epstein from the Environmental Defense Fund (Mesoamerica and Myanmar) presented the ecosystem-based program for the management of the Belizean artisanal fishery, with emphasis on Glovers Reef and Port Honduras, the pilot sites. Linking to Kim's training the previous day and reminding the participation of several Belizean MAR Fellows in the project, Larry presented catch data, monitoring data and testimonials from fishermen. Eric Bjorkstedt, oceanographer from NOAA, shared experiences through various case studies on ocean science behind fisheries management.
Fellows Stuart, Diana, Isabel and Julio presented their projects, receiving feedback from experts and colleagues.
2011 MAR Fellow Kirah, after sharing her own experience as part of the MAR-L program, presented the history, design, successes and challenges of the Hol Chan Marine Park where she is the monitoring coordinator.
During the field trip, Fellows visited the BTIA Caye Caulker reserve, John’s project, afterwards they met fishermen at the lobster reception station where they deliver their products and which is part of Isabel’s project. The group then snorkelled at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Reef and strolled the streets of Caye Caulker.
The last phase of the workshop was focused on resource mobilization and fundraising with Annette Candanedo. Fellows were able to familiarize themselves with the different sources of funding, understand the difference between resources and funding, the different types of campaigns and especially the 6 steps to follow for a successful strategy. The professionalization and institutionalization of fundraising must be included in the strategic plans of organizations to ensure their sustainability.
Fellows from past generations: Angeline, Nicanor, Joel, Seleem, Adriel, Leonel and Celso accompanied the group, shared experiences and exchanged contacts information with Fellows and experts throughout the week, strengthening the constantly growing MAR Leadership Network.
The farewell was very emotional with special surprises and activities for the MAR-L team from the Fellows.
The last few weeks, Fellows have been sending their final version of project proposal and the MAR-L team has been reviewing them and sending last comments.
International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4 in Chile: MAR Leadership and FMCN represented!
This week in Chile is being held the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress. MAR Leadership’s initiative on Blue Carbon for Mangrove Protection in the MAR region will be presented by our colleague Cintia Landa. Nicanor, 2011 MAR Fellow will share his experience, present the MAR-L Program and the success of the Managed Access fisheries program in Belize. Kim, 2011 MAR Fellow will present his collaboration with the Slow Fish Network in the Caribbean. Several other Fellows are attending and will seek the opportunity to learn and widen their network opportunities.
2014 MAR Leadership cohort webinar: “For a reef free from solid waste: MAR Fellows in action”
To celebrate the #FreePlasticJuly the MAR-L team organized a webinar showcasing actions being implemented by our Fellows to cope with solid waste problem in the MAR region.
Monica and Fernando from Mexico, both presented their solutions and plans to improve the management of solid waste from the private sector, through advocacy, best practices implementation and education.
Emerson from Belize shared the advances the government has made on this topic with the construction and operation of several new transfer stations throughout the country.
Laura presented the Green Classroom project she is implementing with Cindy in Roatan, Honduras and the importance of education and advocacy to change behaviors.
Our special guest, Elisa Areano from Mundo Azul Foundation in Guatemala, presented Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program in the MAR region. This education program focused on the solid waste issues in our region and proposed to the communities several options for best management and recycling.
You can see the webinar here.
Earth Charter Webinar
Christine Lacayo, from the Earth Charter Youth Network, presented the Earth Charter mission to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the leadership training they offer and the network formed by numerous young enthusiasts around the world. She presented the platform highlighting success stories and invited Fellows to upload their projects.
See the webinar here.
Solutions for a Blue Mesoamerican Reef Webinar
Janina Korting from GIZ, presented Blue Solutions’ platform PANORAMA to Fellows and partners. After describing their program and methodology, she focused on some case studies and success stories from the MAR that could be replicated in the region.
A very interesting Q&A session followed, with people connected from Mexico to Colombia!
See or download the webinar here.
Watch Cleopatra talking about her experience with MAR Leadership Program on Youtube (spanish).
Thank you so much for your support and stay tuned for our next news and MAR Leadership Program next call for application!
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Economic Tools for Conservation
Fellows with Caye Caulker Fishermen
Blue Solutions Webinar
Resource Mobilization training