This year, the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program held 4 training workshops in Roatan, Honduras, Punta Allen and Puerto Morelos, Mexico and Placencia, Belize. We were delighted to have international experts such as Luis Bourillón, from Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), Paquita Bath, from Aligning Visions, Tundi Agardy from Forest Trends, Will Heyman, from the Texas A&M University, Roberto Iglesias from the National Autonomous University of Mexico Institute of Marine Sciences (UNAM), Melanie McField, from Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, Amy Rosenthal, from the Standford University - Natural Capital Project, Norissa Giangola, from Spitfire Strategies and Eda Roth, an actress and communications consultant.
All of them gave extraordinary lectures, including training in project design, sustainable fisheries, public relations and strategic communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, coral conservation, payment for environmental services and public policy advocacy, among others.
At the time of this update, the 12 new fellows (2 Mexicans, 4 Belizeans, 3 Guatemalans and 3 Hondurans) of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program have been selected.
After receiving 80 nominations from more than 100 organizations in the region, 35 candidates completed their application and were interviewed in person. Selected fellows will work on projects related to mangroves protection, evaluation and expansion of fish replenishment zones, establishment of new marine protected area, among others.
The 2012 cohort will meet for the first time in a workshop that will take place in March 2012 in Livingston, Guatemala. The fellows will be receiving training in project design and strategic communications and will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the 2010 and 2011cohorts.