Outreach Program

Education And Outreach Programs

In order to ensure stewardship and support management activities, SEA is developing a comprehensive understanding amongst stakeholders of all ages about the importance of marine conservation and the realities of MPA management. Over the years, there has been a growing incorporation of environmental education and conservation principles into the yearly curriculum for all elementary and high school students.

Teachers are frequently looking to organisations like SEA to offer courses or activities that will further enhance these in class sessions. Previous environmental education programs have further illustrated the impact that a simple day spent actually experiencing the World Heritage Site can provide for young learners. Most students (and adults) return from these experiences ready to go out and improve their communities and the environment.

Belize Environmental Education

Students receive an invigorating experience while visiting the Marine Protected Areas and Fishermen a more comprehensive knowledge of what is happening in their MPA’s as well as Clearer understanding of the rules and regulations of Marine Protected Areas in Belize.

List of Programs

SEA Summer Camp Program

SEA hosts a yearly summer camp in an effort to engage the young people of its stakeholder communities through positive and fun learning activities. August 2020 saw SEA’s sixth Annual Summer Camp, which catered for 15 young people from the village of Independence.

Sea Turtle Nesting Monitoring and Outreach

There are currently six species of sea turtles in Belize, all of which are listed as endangered. SEA’s Education Team conducts door to door outreach sessions and community presentations in Placencia, Seine Bight and Maya Beach every year in the month of June for the start of the nesting season.

SEA Scholarship Program

In an effort to continue engaging youth in SEA’s stakeholder communities, SEA has restarted its scholarship program. This is year’s recipient is Ms. Whitney Majano of Independence Village.

Boat- to- Boat Outreach

Building a healthy working relationship with fisherfolk who utilize Managed Access Area 3 is vital to protected areas management and maintaining marine resource sustainability. Thus, SEA’s Education and Outreach team ventures on two-day boat-to-boat outreach activities with the objectives of (1) conducting short educational talks about lobster regulations; (2) collecting catch logbooks from fisherfolk; (3) providing reminders on Managed Access regulations; (4) addressing or receiving any concerns fisherfolk might have. SEA’s Education team is often accompanied by a representative from the Belize Fisheries Department to execute this outreach activity.

Belize Environmental Education

Fisherfolk Focus Group

This engagement setting is an opportunity for fisherfolk to raise concerns and receive vital information about fisheries license renewal, marine product open and close seasons, and updates regarding the management of the protected area, among other topics of discussion. The Education Team recognizes the importance of stakeholder feedback and participation as this helps in building trust between SEA and fisherfolk from our stakeholder communities. Indicators of trust include improved attendance at such sessions, increased participation in other SEA-related activities, and the number of tips received from fisherfolk that feed into enforcement activities for Protected Areas Management.

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