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Piloting MAP’s ‘Coastal Education Program’

Location: Belize

Timeline: 8-15th May 2024

Goal: The goal of this trip was to introduce MAP’s ‘Coastal Education Program’ (CEP) in Dangriga, Belize, by engaging local schools and teachers in environmental education about mangroves and coastal ecosystems. The trip aimed to expand and enhance the existing ‘Marvellous Mangroves’ program, ensuring alignment with Belize’s environmental curriculum and fostering community involvement in ecological conservation.

Partners

Levine Family Foundation

ReefKeeper Belize

RESEMBID

Expertise France

GFDRR

WWF

Purpose on the Planet

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CEP Implementation: Successfully piloted the Coastal Education Program in Dangriga schools.

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Teacher Training: Trained 18 teachers in mangrove ecology and gathered curriculum feedback.

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Restoration Workshop: Conducted a two-day mangrove restoration workshop with community stakeholders.

What we did

We piloted the Coastal Education Program in several schools in Dangriga, where students engaged in hands-on activities about mangrove ecosystems, including examining mangrove soil and understanding saltwater density. With gratitude to the Levine Family Foundation for funding and the EU’s RESEMBID program for supporting the expansion, we trained 18 teachers in mangrove biology and ecology, providing lessons at Gra Gra Lagoon and South Water Caye Marine Reserve, and aligning our curriculum with Belize’s environmental standards.

Additionally, thanks to support from Purpose on the Planet and WWF Belize, we conducted a two-day mangrove restoration workshop in Dangriga Town Hall for MPA managers, Forest Department officers, NGO staff, teachers, and students, covering community-based ecological restoration techniques and conducting a field trip to study mangrove features and restoration potential.

Interested in working with us?

Get in touch with us at cassie@mangroveactionproject.org

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