Environmental education plays a pivotal role in promoting conservation and sustainable practices in our Magdalena Bay Blue Carbon Project. By raising awareness and fostering a sense of stewardship among local communities, it helps build a foundation for long-term environmental protection and ownership of the communities’ natural resources.  According to a study conducted by the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), communities participating in environmental education programs in Magdalena Bay saw a significant decrease in illegal fishing activities by up to 40% over a three-year period.

In June 2022, MarVivo launched our Blue Spaces program which provides daily environmental classes in local schools in San Carlos for young students, and professional skill development programs for older students. MarVivo has developed a bespoke curriculum in collaboration with different government and non-profit organizations, leveraging the knowledge of experts from across Baja. The curriculum combines formal teaching with interactive and informal activities that teach ocean conservation principles based around 12 different themes including mangroves, sharks, and whales.

The blue spaces program is being enhanced through student surveys and program monitoring with MarVivo intending to roll out the program to other communities in Magdalena Bay in late 2023. The curriculum will then be made publicly available to other schools in Baja California Sur.

If you are a non-profit organization working in Baja California and want to collaborate on curriculum development please reach out!

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Tom Sparke

Tom has extensive marine conservation experience from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Indo-Pacific. After obtaining a MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University, UK, Tom spent 4 years in the Cayman Islands developing immersive educational experiences and invasive species management programs.

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