Sea View

The Sustainability of

Marine Protected Areas in

Central America

Starts with the Right View

Creating VALUE for SOCIETY!

Why?

Because people only manage to appreciate with their five senses the value of protected areas until their basic aspirations for human well-being have been achieved.

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How to do it?

  • Understanding the wishes and goals of the social groups that make up the surrounding communities.

  • Refocusing the management programs towards the creation of VALUE in the protected areas judging by the criteria of the nearby inhabitants.

  • Incorporating neighboring communities in productive investments related to the management of the protected area.

  • Serving in an excellent and continuous way to visitors and local inhabitants.

  • Ensuring transparency in the management of funds from donor and financial organizations.

  • Transforming PASSIVE protected areas into ACTIVE protected areas.

 

Vision and mission

Dos Mares argues that most of Central American society does not assign value to protected areas since they fail to clearly perceive their services in the face of the rush to prosper in a degraded socioeconomic environment where too often the alternative is to fight to survive amid misery, corruption and crime.

 

Additionally, the authorities work with a very limited budget, generally subject to sporadic short and medium-term financing, and the private initiative has been mostly framed in concessions for tourist services outside the protected area. This situation has limited the development of the physical infrastructure of services and attention to the visitor within the protected areas, originating passive protected areas that offer little or no valuable attention to the senses of the visitors.

 

The aforementioned circumstances favor the slowdown of financial income for protected areas and the stagnation of their management programs for public use, conservation, research, and surveillance / control, which weakens their borders against the advancement of social groups that, above all, they struggle to survive and cannot clearly perceive the intrinsic and generally intangible value of conserving protected areas, although they sometimes come to consciously perceive their importance.

 

For Dos Mares, the protected areas in Central America acquire value in the consciousness of the people to the extent that the protected area provides them with principles, ideas, techniques and tools that, used appropriately, can improve their socioeconomic situation and prosper according to their own approaches and goals. For these reason, Dos Mares aspires to ensure that local communities perceive the value of marine protected areas as areas that continuously and actively affect their social, cultural and economic well-being, attract local and external support from private investment groups. and provide them with the tools to insert themselves into a productive society and access more job opportunities. To make its vision a reality, Dos Mares intends to create productive investment projects in four basic areas for the management of protected areas: Educational Recreation, Inclusive Conservation, Relevant Science and Surveillance and Control.

Educational Recreation

Inclusive Conservation

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Investing in recreational activities with environmental interpretation on a daily and continuous basis, including narrations. exhibitions, guided tours, educational games etc., carried out according to a pre-established schedule located within sight of visitors

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Investing in biodiversity, soil, water and air conservation activities in the hydrographic basins that feed the protected area, including agricultural areas and inhabited rural areas.

Relevant Science

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Investing in research activities addressing the need for knowledge about the protected area and the interest of communities and local authorities in scientific, cultural and technological issues.

Dos Mares argues that most of Central American society does not assign value to protected areas since they fail to clearly perceive their services in the face of the rush to prosper in a degraded socioeconomic environment where too often the alternative is to fight to survive amid misery, corruption and crime.

 

Additionally, the authorities work with a very limited budget, generally subject to sporadic short and medium-term financing, and the private initiative has been mostly framed in concessions for tourist services outside the protected area. This situation has limited the development of the physical infrastructure of services and attention to the visitor within the protected areas, originating passive protected areas that offer little or no valuable attention to the senses of the visitors.

 

The aforementioned circumstances favor the slowdown of financial income for protected areas and the stagnation of their management programs for public use, conservation, research, and protection, which weakens their borders against the advancement of social groups that, above all, they struggle to survive and cannot clearly perceive the intrinsic and generally intangible value of conserving protected areas, although they sometimes come to consciously perceive their importance.

For Dos Mares, the protected areas in Central America acquire VALUE in the consciousness of the neighboring inhabitants to the extent that the protected area provides them with a greater variety of recreational and educational possibilities as well as job opportunities, ideas, technologies and tools that can improve their socioeconomic status and prosper in accordance with their own approaches and goals.

 

Dos Mares aspires to ensure that local communities perceive the value of marine protected areas as environments that continuously and actively affect their social, cultural and economic well-being, attract local and external support from private investment groups, provide them with the tools to insert themselves into a productive society and access more job opportunities.

Dos Mares affirms that the management programs refocused and working actively, would increase the VALUE of the protected areas in the face of social perception, which would result in greater protection and financial sustainability of these areas. This path will lead to greater political and economic sustainability of protected areas to the extent that the authorities of the national systems of protected areas act in this regard.

Dos Mares proposes modifying the names traditionally used for management programs by adding words such as "comprehensive", "inclusive" and "pertinent" and introduces a "Local Entrepreneurship Program" directly linked to local productive and entrepreneurial groups.

Comprehensive Public Use Program

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It is comprehensive because it involves nearby residents in guaranteeing the offer of recreational and educational services to visitors and thus adds VALUE to the protected area to local population.

Pertinent Research Program

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It is pertinent because it addresses the need for scientific knowledge of the reserve and the community's questions about the sustainable management of its natural and cultural environment, incorporating VALUE to the reserve before the local inhabitants.

Inclusive Conservation Program

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It is inclusive because it supports the inhabitants of the buffer zone and relevant watersheds in conserving their own natural resources, adding VALUE to the protected area for the inhabitants.

Preventive Safety Program

It is a program focused on prevention and control of situations that risk the integrity of the reserve, visitors and nearby inhabitants, who are also trained in the anticipation and management of natural and human emergencies. This adds VALUE to the reserve for the communities.

Local Entrepreneurship Program

This program assigns VALUE to the protected area because it encourages local productive economic groups to create business ideas in the five economic sectors of the country from the projects implemented by the protected area management programs.

Let me help you adding VALUE to your marine protected areas!

Carlos A. Espinosa | Director

212 Central Avenue, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711

1-828-318-9011

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