The MarVivo Project

is a coalition between InfiniteEARTH, CONANP and the communities of Magdalena Bay to create a unique network of Blue Carbon Mangrove & Marine conservation networks within the greater Eastern Pacific Seascape, including the Sea of Cortez and Baja peninsula

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A Top 5 Global Biodiversity Hotspot

Perhaps nowhere else on Earth can so much Marine abundance be found than around Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortéz, which enjoys a near mythical status as one of the world’s few remaining near-shore Biodiversity Hotspots.

The Baja Peninsula is one of the few remaining marine systems on Earth with a high biomass and high biodiversity. Magdelena Bay is at the epicenter of this biodiversity hotspot.  It is located at the meeting point of two of the most influential currents in the Eastern Pacific: the California current system, an extension of the Alaskan current system, and the South American current system.  This creates unique temperature fluctuations that are believed to drive the incredible biodiversity found in the region.

Virtually every month of the year, the area plays host to a mass aggregation of some of the world’s most iconic pelagic species, including Gray Whales.

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A UNESCO World Heritage Candidate

The MarVivo Project includes areas so unique that project developers, government partners CONANP and local communities have committed to obtaining World Heritage Status for the area.  In the 30 years that project developers have been monetizing Natural Capital Assets, no other place has represented as strong a candidate for a World Heritage Site.

Being listed as a World Heritage Site can benefit the area through international recognition, legal protection, and funding to help facilitate conservation. Local communities can also benefit from increased tourism revenue when an area is designated as a World Heritage Site.

Not coincidently, the marine abundance in this region is supported by some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the Americas, some of which have been identified as pupping grounds for Great White Sharks, Endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and other species of sharks.

A Blue Carbon Paradise

Mangroves are a valuable source of carbon. They shed an estimated 20 tonnes of leaf litter pear year.  This leaf litter collects at the roots of Mangroves, creating a carbon reserve 50 times greater than a tropical forest.

Mexico has over 700,000 hectares of mangroves, making up 5% of the world’s total mangroves.  Magdalena Bay contains 22,000 hectares of these mangroves.

MarVivo has chosen Magdalena Bay as the location to build its first MPA and Blue Carbon Bank in the Eastern Tropical seascape. Magdalena Bay is home to Baja’s largest mangrove forest creating an incredibly diverse and unique ecosystem.

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Mangrove forests support rich biodiversity, underpin the livelihoods of more than a billion people worldwide, store carbon, and protect us from extreme weather events.

A Critical Biodiversity Habitat That is Under Imminent Threat

Mangroves are the nurseries to a significant portion of all marine life. Without urgent and robust intervention in their conservation, we face an imminent collapse of all marine ecosystems globally.

Many marine species are endangered due to overfishing. By building sustainable businesses in MagBay and eliminating overfishing, these animals can begin to recover their populations.

Abundant marine ecosystems depend particularly on conserving the bottom (mangroves) and top (sharks) trophic levels of the food chain.

Yet an estimated 50% of mangrove forests have been lost due to deforestation and 70-100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, meat and liver oil.

The MarVivo Project Goals

MarVivo will work to eradicate deforestation and promote wildlife conservation while generating unique benefits for local communities. This will be done by establishing a network of mangrove conservation sites throughout the Eastern Pacific Seascape by using the REDD+ model to provide sustainable funding through the sale of “blue carbon” credits over a 30-year period.

MarVivo cannot build a lasting solution alone.  We forge partnerships with organizations that have complementary areas of expertise and involve local communities in all of our projects. Only by working together we can catalyze bigger impacts and generate sustainable solutions for our planet and our children.

Proceeds from the sale of MaVivo’s REDD+ carbon credits will support projects in local communities designed to address poverty, one of the main drivers of deforestation, and create new economic opportunities.

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Through blue carbon banking with InfiniteEARTH, the mangroves of Magdalena Bay have the potential to generate substantial economic value, lifelong economic development for local communities and a profound positive impact on the health of our planet’s ecosystem.

A Blue Carbon Banking project centered on mangrove and marine conservation

About Magbay

A Project to Build a Circular Economy with Sustainable Aquaculture.

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EcoTourism experiences coordinated by MarVivo and the local community.

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A creative space to foster sustainable economic growth in the community.

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