Ocean reefs occupy just 1% of the world’s marine environment, but they provide a home to a quarter of marine species. The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest transboundary reef system in the world and habitat for endangered marine turtles, more than 60 types of corals and more than 500 fish species.
The 185 mile-long Barrier Reef of Belize has been on the World Heritage Endangered Site list since 2009. 20% of its coral is impacted by a third global bleaching event. To help raise awareness and promote reef protection, Reef Week is celebrated throughout Belize. From March 13-17, partner conservation organizations will be staging reef-related community projects, exhibits, forums and performances.
Transforming Communities, a photo exhibit featuring the multi-year Gulf of Honduras Creative Conservation project, a partnership between six leading conservation organizations (TIDE, SEA, SACD, FUNDAECO, OCEANA and Ya’axche’ Conservation Trust) and CAI to more effectively engage communities around conservation issues, will be on display March 3rd to 31st at the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission Office in Punta Gorda as part of Reef Week.
Transforming Communities provides an opportunity for regional and national conservation stakeholders to experience the activities of the Creative Leadership Training Series and several community art projects implemented across Belize and Guatemala.
Opening with a special reception on March 3rd, this travelling exhibition brings together projects and community leaders from the Toledo area who participated in the project, joined by representatives from Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association, as well as the general public curious to learn more about CAI's work in the region.
Music, drinks and food were the perfect complement to enjoying the stories behind the photographs and sharing CAI’s work with the wider Punta Gorda community.
Special Thanks to the generosity of Lisel Alamilla, Chairman of the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission representing 50 rural villages from Toledo, for hosting the exhibit.