Reefs Initiative PO BOX 512 Belize City, Belize
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MARINE EXHIBIT LAUNCH AT THE MEXICAN EMBASSY DECEMBER 11, 2009
A traveling exhibit “Our Reefs: Caribbean Connections”, designed to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of coral reefs among all peoples of the wider Caribbean is making its debut in Belize. “Our Reefs: Caribbean Connections” is a product designed and produced at the Florida State University. With travel support from Tropical Shipping, Caribtrans, and the Raymond Foundation Belize now joins Panamá, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Nassau, Florida, Nassau International Airport, Abaco and Eleuthera in the Bahamas, Tobago, Honduras, and Puerto Rico in hosting this exhibit to educate people about the marine environment. Next year the exhibit will head to Jamaica, and plans exist for the production of a Spanish language version.
The travelling exhibit has already been featured in Independence Village with assistance from the Southern Environmental Association, and in Punta Gorda with the assistance of Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment.
Healthy Reefs for Healthy People is a collaborative initiative that generates user friendly tools to measure the health of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem (MAR). Our mission is to enable science based stewardship that supports social and ecological well being.
“Our Reefs: Caribbean Connections” include topics such as Caribbean Currents, Creating a Coral Reef, Coral and Climate Change, Land and the Reef, Vulnerable Coastlines, Paradise for Sale, Depleted Harvests, Marine Reserves, and Experiments in Reef Repair”. As the title of this exhibit explains, those of us who live in the area of the wider Caribbean are connected by a precious and fragile natural resource, coral reefs. Just as we differ as peoples, cultures, societies, and economies, our coral reefs also differ as to types, habitats and health. Yet all Caribbean countries are related by ocean currents, upon which ride the offspring of reef organisms that might enhance the future growth and continuity of our coral reefs - along with the pathogens, pollutants, invasive organisms and trash that we humans add, which imperil their survival.
This traveling exhibit will be launched on Friday December 11th from 4:30-6PM at the Mexican Embassy and will be on display to the public from Thursday December 10th during the day, through Tuesday December 15, 2009 before venturing onto Cayman Island. This event was made possible with support from the Mexican embassy and Premium Wines and Spirits.