Meeting Mesoamerican Reef Region Partners

Soon to call the Mesoamerican Region our new Art of Conservation home, I am busy as ever with stacks of books and multiple tabs open on my computer studying the varied ecosystems found in this place on Earth. Where is this eco-region? It extends from the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula southward toward Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Over the recent winter holidays I was joined by AoC’s Lucy and Allison in Honduras. Our main goal was to meet Jenny Myton of Coral Reef Alliance and her husband, Ian Drysdale, of Healthy Reefs for Healthy People on the island of Roatan, the place they call home. Crazy winter weather nearly usurped this opportunity! Finally Jenny and Ian arrived and all was great.

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On one of the three Bay Islands – Roatan – in Honduras with Jenny, her dog, and Allison.

 

Jenny and Ian, a superstar couple with years of dynamic environmental work and advocacy, opened doors for us on Roatan and the north coast mainland outside of the cities of La Ceiba and Tela.

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Ian and Allison with happy dogs.

 

Lucy, Allison, and I wanted to learn more about the human cultures, indigenous peoples, and ecosystems under stress and to determine if Art of Conservation could be an additive effort in the region. We received such kind and honest openness from everyone we met. And believe me, we drilled anyone who crossed our path with a myriad questions.

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A whole new world appears under the surface of the Caribbean Sea.

 

Groups of dedicated individuals, organizations, and policy makers put out a report card indicating reef health. Healthy Reefs for Healthy People’s 2012 report is here.

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Lucy with Christi Etches, Director of Community Development at Roatan Marine Park.

 

Reestablishing destroyed mangroves, initiating recycling programs, and fitting kids with a scuba tank and gear are just a few of the activities Christi Etches conducts in her role as a community leader on Roatan.

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Noah, a local artist employed at The Rusty Fish on Roatan shows us art made from recycled materials.

 

Mongabay.com has excellent coverage on Honduras.

 

I think you can see that we met terrific people doing incredible work. I have more to share about Honduras and Art of Conservation’s exciting new global efforts.

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