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Mexico

Cozumel Island

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Conservation benefit: Environmental education for visitors to the Cozumel Marine Protected Area

Date Approved: 08.2017

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

Cozumel, an island off Mexico’s east coast in the Caribbean Sea, is a popular spot for tourists. But not all visitors know how to protect the marine environment when they dive or snorkel. To help educate them, Seacology is making a small grant to help promote and distribute a short animated video, which will be shown to visitors to the Cozumel Marine Protected Area. The video will teach tourists about environmentally friendly practices.

Seacology will fund an English-language voiceover for the video, an event to launch it, and some promotional items. The grant will also provide local dive guides with “tank-bangers,” which are simple underwater signaling devices. The guides will use them to warn divers or snorkelers who are touching coral, getting too close to marine animals, or violating other regulations.

Our project partner is the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, which manages the MPA.

Project Updates

January 2018

The video, produced by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, is being shown to visitors to the MPA. It has also been posted on social media and the park website. Dive operators send it to tourist groups.

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