Dos Mares responds to requests from the protected areas regulatory authorities of Central American countries to voluntarily support the preparation of conceptual profiles to create VALUE in marine protected areas.

The project profiles completed and officially approved, must be submitted to financial management by the regulatory authority.

Dos Mares, at the request of local regulatory authorities, could cooperate with the final supervision and evaluation of the project.


Dos Mares promote the creation of ACTIVE marine protected areas, refocusing management programs towards greater community involvement and adding an additional management program called “Local Entrepreneurship Program” linked to local productive and entrepreneurial groups.

  • Comprehensive Public Use Program: 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 for the local population.

  • Inclusive Conservation Program: It is inclusive because it supports the inhabitants of the buffer zone and pertinent basins in the conservation of their own natural resources, adding more VALUE to the protected area for the inhabitants.

  • Pertinent Research Program: 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

  • 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 prevention 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. The business ideas generated by the Local Entrepreneurship Program agree with the productive economic sectors in each country:

Primary Sector: Agriculture, mining, livestock, forestry and beekeeping.
Secondary Sector: Crafts and manufacturing.
Tertiary Sector: Ecotourism, lodging and food.
Quaternary Sector: Research, development, innovation and information.

Quinary Sector: Culture, education, art and entertainment.

In order to create ACTIVE marine protected areas, Dos Mares is able to assess the status of a marine protected area from the point of view of the development and application of its management programs and to refocus them towards greater community involvement, assigning VALUE to the reserve according to the criteria of the population and increasing the flow of visitors.

Dos Mares offers a format for the registration and presentation of project ideas that allow the creation of ACTIVE protected areas by refocusing the management programs. Project ideas registered in Dos Mares are submitted for consideration by potential private investors and donors.


Dos Mares uses an Installed Capacity Index (ICI) to evaluate the installed capacity of goods and services in a protected area and can develop geographic databases with thematic information from marine research carried out in a reserve.


Dos Mares is able to prepare "Story Maps" using ESRI tools in order to educate and raise awareness in society in favor of the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Examples:

- ESRI map Meet the Marine Protected Areas of Central America

Los Micos Lagoon, Honduras - A History Without Future? 

Toward the Future that is Wanted or the Paradise that is Lost? A Vision to Share: Punta de Manabique, Guatemala.

Dos Mares can also collaborate in pre-investment and investment processes, Marine Spatial Planning, and Fish Community Ecology studies.

Ambassadors of the Sea

Ambassadors of the Sea is a voluntary group whose mission is to disseminate the importance of creating VALUE in the APMs, judging by the criteria of the residents who live in their vicinity. Members of Embassadors of the Sea upload posts about their experiences, make comments, answer questions, publicize job opportunities, discuss technical issues and generally interact actively. Likewise, they recognize that communicating and sharing results and lessons learned for the benefit of marine protected areas is a way to publicize their experiences in conservation, education and marine research and their attitude could result in opportunities for their own professional ambitions.