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The Cross-Border Alliance for Healthy Fisheries Crosses a New Border

Catching a fish during the learning exchange with COBI

A fisherman shows off his catch during the receny learning exchange in Quintana Roo, Mexico

A few weeks ago in July, community members from EcoLogic’s Cross-Border Alliance for Healthy Fisheries project traveled from Belize and Guatemala to southern Mexico to participate in an ambitious tri-national learning exchange. For five days, fisherfolk from our project in the Sarstún region had the invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from two successful grassroots fishing collectives in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Read more about how this learning exchange will shape the future of our bi-national project!

“Jwal sulul li’be!” The Muddy Path to Agri-cultural Insights

Anne Elise with EcoLogic field technicians & colleagues in Sarstún

Anne Elise (center) with EcoLogic field technicians José Domingo Caal (right) and Samuel Coc (far right), and friends and colleagues in Sarstún

My workday is never without a touch of adventure here in Sarstún, a tropical lowland region of eastern Guatemala. I divide the typical week between trips out to rural villages and days at the office of APROSARSTUN, EcoLogic’s local partner in the region. The communities we collaborate with are nestled in the lowland mountains near the coast, while our office is no less isolated, marking the highest point on the rainforest campus of a vocational boarding school for Maya youth called Ak’Tenamit.

by EcoLogic field intern Anne Elise Stratton

Read more about what Anne Elise is learning in the field in Sarstún!

 

In Belize: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Money and the Jungle?

Greg Ch'oc speaks in Belize

Greg Ch’oc, EcoLogic Board Member and Executive Director of SATIIM, speaks at the Machaca Summit in Belize. (Photo credit: Maura Fitzgerald)

On the morning of May 20, over a hundred Maya villagers gathered at a rural community center in southern Belize. Down from repurposed old American school buses they stepped: men in woven belts and rubber boots speckled with earth; women in long skirts and flip flops, toting babies in slings. In other villages that day, the men were planting corn, but here in Machaca, the villagers waited—stern-faced, patiently—to write their names or plant an inked thumb in a ledger. They came to pose a question, simple but stark: would their government, and the American oil company it harbored, “submit itself to the rule of law … [or to] the rule of money and the jungle”?

By EcoLogic field intern Maura Fitzgerald

Read more about the struggle to protect Sarstoon Temash National Park from oil drilling!