Guatemala Projects & Partners
One the east coast, MAP joined with both Amigos and Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO) based in Livingston close to the border with Belize, to conduction a 3-day workshop for 40 regional teachers in October, 2010, that included a field trip to the newly declared Ramsar site at the 675 ha Laguna Grande Reserve.
- Working to stem the expansion of shrimp aquaculture;
- Halting the clear-cutting of mangroves by the Army;
- Introducing environmental education related to mangroves and marine turtles to the region;
- Supporting mangrove research activities in the Ramsar reserve;
- Creating interpretive boardwalks through the mangroves; and
- Hosting school field trip visits and workshops.
Manglares Maravillosos Curriculum Adaptation
MAP worked with Amigos del Bosque and our Colombian partner, CORALINA, to adapt the Honduras version of the curriculum for use in Guatemala.
In 2006, 20 Guatemalan teachers, representing the Pacific and Caribbean coastal departments (states), were trained to use the curriculum during a 3 day train-the-trainers workshop. Subsequent regional workshops have been held to train more teachers along the Pacific Coast.
MAP will be returning to Guatemala in 2009 to hold a train-the-trainer workshop on the Caribbean coast, as well as to evaluate the program.
MAP received funding to carry out the Guatemalan adaptation and introduction from:
- Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (2008)
- New England Biolabs (2004, 2006)
- Ramsar Wetlands for the Future Fund (2005) – includes photo gallery