On February 8th, Nereus Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia) will give a webinar to a group of young researchers and professionals in Central America on the Blue Economy and the recent developments stemming from the Nairobi Oceans Conference. This is part of the Leadership Program in the Mesoamerican Reef System, hosted by the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza.

The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leadership Program is a joint initiative of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature and the Summit Foundation that began in 2010. According to their website, “the program seeks to accelerate conservation impacts in the MAR Ecoregion by empowering emerging leaders who are at the early-career level to develop innovative and replicable projects that address present or emerging threats facing the region’s coastal and marine ecosystems.” They believe the key to sustainability will be having communities local to the region working together to protect coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. You can read more about what the MAR Leadership Program does here.

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