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Friday, May 29, 2009

GVI, ASK, CONANP, UQROO, among others attend results presentation in ECOSUR

GVI is one of many organizations in Quintana Roo dedicated to the conservation of the MBRS. It is very comforting to know we are not alone in these efforts, for other research teams are working towards a common goal.

On Friday, May 22nd GVI was at ECOSUR (Colegio de la Frontera Sur) to witness the presentation of results for a 2 year research project on knowing, administering and conserving the reef. It took place in 3 areas of Costa Maya: Xcalak, Xahuaxol and Mahahual. The group was very thorough with the information they acquired and took their time to discuss their objectives, explain their methodology, show graphs and slides, brought specialists to present other projects that relate to the topic (oceanography, sea urchins, reef structures) and opened up the floor for discussion. Many of our partners were there to partake in this forum, and new goals were established, including the collaboration of everyone involved in sharing information, participation in future research and trying to take the results to the people it affects directly. Baruch Figueroa from ASK (Amigos de Sian Ka’an), María del Carmen García Rivas from CONANP (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas), Ricardo Torres from UQROO (Universidad de Quintana Roo) were present to agree on achieving this ambitious goal alongside the ongoing work being done by GVI in both bases. And to top it off, Laura Chanona, former NSP in Mahahual, is now a member working in this project from ECOSUR. At the end of it all, everyone gave their farewells with the assurance of meeting again soon. We are looking forward to it!