|Town/Region||Refugio de Vida Silvestre Punta de Manabique|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Communities, Education, Habitats|
|Date||2 Jan 2018|
This project is the third and the last step of the educational work I have been doing at the Guatemalan coastal communities. The last two years, I have conducted several environmental workshops for students and teachers with the financial support of the Rufford Foundation. In 2016, conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems was taught to children of public schools with Mundo Azul (a NGO I used to work for). During 2017, a program to train educators as replicators of change, was held with different teachers from public schools at the rural area.
During this projects, environmental education workshops were held for different audiences, aiming at creating behaviour changes and increasing positive perceptions towards nature. After empowering our participants, they all have come to the conclusion that there are two main issues threatening the region: pollution and deforestation.
This project aims at creating six classroom-like-conservation-centres made of eco-bricks, where villagers can plan lead-by-locals-campaigns for single-use plastic reduction and reforestations at six coastal communities of the protected area Punta de Manabique, to increase people’s awareness and take actions towards nature.
Environmental workshops and training will be given to teachers and students, so that they can learn the processes and continue with these campaigns even when the project is finished. Talks will include topics like marine debris and how to reduce it, creation of Eco-bricks, description of native tree species, methods to prepare seeds before planting, community mapping, campaign planning, etc.
Educators of the previous project will be actively participating in this project, being leaders and helping students to plan their campaigns to tackle environmental threats. Three communities will do a campaign against plastic, while the other three will do reforestation campaigns and how to preserve local forests and wildlife. Conservation campaigns have the goal to create 24,000 ecobricks, to reduce 30% of the plastic emissions, to plant 6000 native trees, and to get 150 people involved in the project.
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