Tuesday, July 7, 2009

KIA Field trip to Bacalar Chico

Valentine Rosado, CORAL’s field representative in Belize, continues on his efforts to bring together stakeholder groups from across the country to collaborate on local conservation initiatives that support standards implementation, reduce reef threats, and create meaningful opportunities for local communities to save their coral reefs by supporting marine protected areas.

One huge effort is education and through this the Kids in Action (KIA) program was implemented. Through the program, students have the opportunity to visit marine reserves and parks to find out the importance of the region and how to help in the conservation efforts.
This part Saturday, KIA was back in action and this time a trip to Bacalar Chico was in order.

At Chac Balam, students were taught about the importance of mangroves, the various mangrove species found within Belize, and just how the work they way they do.

At Rocky Point, students found the massive rock formations very interesting. They took time to explore and wade in the shallow waters.

Traveling through the lagoons, Rosado explained the importance of these valuable water systems.
Maya pottery was also seen and Rosado described the Mayas route between Mexico and Belize at the time trade was at its peak.
The KIA trip was made possible through the kind assistance of Ramon’s Village and captain Heriberto Palma. For further information on KIA contact Valentine Rosado at 602-2100.

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