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Energy Globe World Awards 2018

Finalist in the category Youth



Project:
Community Researchers Program
Submitted by:
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
Country:
Belize


Toledo Institute for Development and Environment’s (TIDE) Community Researchers Program is an incentive-based career development path that enables youth between the ages of 16 and 25 to progress through various levels of training. Youngsters learn SCUBA diving skills, advanced skills in research and monitoring, data analysis, first aid skills, leadership and a variety of other soft skills to prepare them for successful careers in marine conservation.

Initial situation
Prior to the establishment of Toledo Institute for Development and Environment’s program, most park rangers conducted their marine conservation duties with no or little formal scientific training. In most cases park rangers received their first training on the job. It was also very difficult to find qualified personnel as few young Belizeans were pursuing careers in science. This negatively affected their efficiency and quality of the data. Furthermore, local fishers and other resource users did not trust the date because they were not involved in the data collection process.

Solution
TIDE’s Community Researchers Program in Belize is an incentive-based career development path that empowers youth between the ages of 16 and 25 to progress through various levels of training. Each year for the past five years, TIDE has selected five young adults from communities adjacent to Port Honduras Marine Reserve. These youngsters have learned SCUBA diving skills, advanced skills in research and monitoring, data analysis, first aid skills, leadership and a variety of other soft skills to prepare them for successful careers in marine conservation.Over the past years 25 young ambassadors for conservation have become agents of change. Majority of them are now leading marine conservation and research within several local and international institutions.

Innovation
The CRP has been extremely successful in fostering stewardship among local youth, building capacity for conservation, while offering alternative livelihoods and personal development opportunities for the local community. The initiative instilled passion for conservation and responsibility for protection of the reef in its young participants. As a result of the training, participants are found to be more employable as they have a unique and highly sought-after skillset to add to their résumé.

Category Youth

Youth
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Finalists
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    Applicant: Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
    Country: Belize
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