In early 2004, recognising the need for a regional funding and coordination institution, representatives from conservation funds in each country of the Mesoamerican region (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico) initiated the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund).
The MAR Fund is a participatory, privately managed fund with a Board of Directors comprised of international collaborators, experts, the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), and the in-country funds from each of the Mesoamerican Reef countries – Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Belize), Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala (FCG), Fundación Biósfera (Honduras), and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (Mexico).
The mission of the MAR Fund is to enable innovate, transnational solution to critical Mesoamerica reef issues through providing meaningful, long-term financial support and trustworthy reef management advice so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a thriving reef system.
IYOR Activities Plan
The MAR Fund is highlighting the plight of corals during the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) by posting a #ReefFact on Facebook every Friday using beautiful images of coral reefs along with short facts and information. The objective is to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and let people know about the #IYOR2018.
We are focusing on the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) because it is a vital ecosystem that supports the life and economy of many coastal communities in our region.
“Life in the Mesoamerican Reef” Photo Contest
To celebrate the International Year of the Reef 2018 (IYOR 2018) and to let more people know, appreciate and contribute to conserving this valuable ecosystem, the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Fund announces the photography contest “Life in the MAR“, aimed at adults living in communities in the four countries of the Mesoamerican Reef – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
A MAR Fund Calendar 2019 will be produced with the twelve best photographs in celebration of the International Year of the Reef.
More information here.