GVI is collecting data in the northern section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, working with our local partners with the aim to:
- Form a comprehensive overview of the ecological health of the reef
- Determine the species and breeding success of sea turtles (seasonal)
- Develop education and awareness programmes within the local community
Overall, our monitoring programme in Mexico aims to provide a long term record of coral and fish species abundance over time to contribute to the long term survival of the reef.
Akumal's short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Akumal:
How this programme makes a difference
- Provide data to our partners on the overall health of the reef, to be used for coastal management, and to have a better understanding of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system.
- Raise environmental awareness within the area and local community.
- Minimise the environmental impact that visitors and other people have within the bay area.
- Increase in-country capacity within our partners and community members in the area.
Over time and with the contributions of a small number of volunteers, Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA) have been able to amass a large database on the condition, health and changes of this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. With all our helpful and hardworking participants we can help our partners move forward providing great support to their work these other areas of the reef.