Extending 600 miles along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, the Mesoamerican Reef faces threats as a result of human activity including over-fishing, climate change, shipping and tourism development. The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leadership Program is an initiative focused on providing emerging conservation leaders with the necessary skills to implement innovative projects that will contribute to the health and ecological sustainability of the Mesoamerican Reef.
The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, home to more than 65 species of stony coral and more than 500 species of fish
The program encouragea communities to work together, across borders, to protect the reef and utilise the region’s natural resources in a sustainable manner. The program works with young leaders from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras to assist them to actualise projects that encourage the sustainable use and conservation of the region.
The MAR Fellows were taken through the MAR Leadership training program, then tasked with developing a business plan or project proposal that aimed to protect the Mesoamerican Reef. MAR Fellows received leadership training in strategic communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and fundraising, preparing them to implement innovative conservation projects.
Caribbean Coast, Central America
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