‘MAR Leaders works at a grassroots level, helping dynamic young people, become the leaders and decision makers of the future.’
Costas Christ – International Sustainable Tourism Expert
During workshops, MAR Leaders are exposed to working conservation projects in each MAR country. Besides providing them with technical ideas, this exposure helps everyone to see that change is possible
Kim Ley (far right) has benefitted from fisher exchanges, where he’s picked up new techniques for his sustainable lobster project and shared some of his own secrets with the fishers too.
The Leaders training teaches strategic leadership abilities ready to take back to their regions and apply.
Nic (left) is from Belize and Pilar (right) is from Guatemala. MAR Leadership creates a space for international collaboration and idea sharing with lots of “aha” moments!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” –Margaret Mead
Each country has its own particular conservation conundrum; however, one conservation challenge faced by all MAR countries is trash. Here, fellows participate in a beach cleanup in Roatán.
Each fellow’s project is ‘incubated’ by a team of experts/mentors that have regional experience and knows what works.
One of the 2010 Leaders, Vicente Ferreyra is looking to promote responsible tourism in the region by creating packages for visitors that show local sustainable efforts that are underway.
Local. It may be an overused catchword, but the truth is that local works. Leaders have the trust of their communities and the backing of local organizations; key factors for success.
What do you get when you combine a bunch of biologists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, community leaders, non-profit professionals and government officials? MAR Fellows, working together for reef conservation - a force to be reckoned with!