The Mesoamerican Reef Rescue Initiative
The proposed Meso American Reef Rescue Initiative (MAR-RESCUE) aims to support the long term ecologic and economic viability of the Mesoamerican Reef and the environmental services it provides. To this end, MAR-RESCUE would serve to develop the human capacity, regulatory environment, local economic incentives and financial sustainability needed to carry out sound, effective, and timely science-based coral reef rehabilitation and restoration.
To achieve its objective, MAR-RESCUE proposes to pursue the following strategies:
1. Foster the nascent science and practice of coral reef restoration
2. Develop alternative livelihoods and new employment opportunities for local communities
(especially aimed at youth and fishers) based on conservation rather than
consumption of natural resources.
3. Secure government commitment to policies and regulations that make reef restoration
possible and create the enabling conditions to carry out effective and timely
4. Secure sustainable, long term financing for both ongoing and emergency coral
restoration interventions in participating countries
The MAR-RESCUE implementation period would be five years, with MAR Fund serving as its institutional home. All four countries of the MAR region, namely Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico would be invited to participate in the project. A Memorandum of Understanding would be signed with each country outlining the mutual commitments and responsibilities entailed by the project. Many of the activities would be held jointly among the countries such as training, workshops, etc., to achieve cost savings and synergies.
Most of the materials used for coral reef restoration can be picked-up at a grocery stores – pvc pipes, plaster, cement, soda bottles, and epoxy glue.
What To Bring
A contribution/donation to the protected area administrator is always welcome.
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