Because we recognize that long-term resource sustainability can only be achieved through improved education and community participation, the RMP has developed an education program which main target is Roatán’s new generation.
Beginning in 2006 with three schools, the RMP Education Program has so far incorporated 12 schools and three education facilities from 12 communities around the island: West End, Sandy Bay, La Colonia, Mud Hole, Corozal, Gravel Bay, Coxen Hole, Los Fuertes, French Harbor, Punta Gorda, Jonesville and Camp Bay. The Program is interactive and aims not only to bring marine education to the classroom, but to bring the classroom to the reef. More than 4,000 kids in Roatán have been provided with environmental education since the program started and the number is increasing every year!
Our website and recently launched video aim to educate people about our valuable reef and on how to be responsible visitors. Regular workshops are held to enable local stakeholders to voice their opinions over relevant matters and communicate between the different sectors. Regular beach & underwater clean-ups, celebration of environmental holidays and the RMP’s “Bags for Life” campaign are also important ways of raising environmental awareness.
All of these activities have been done with the support of CCAW-USAID, Project Aware, CORAL and WWF.