Plastic management in the Gulf of Honduras

Fundación Mundo Azul (FUNMAZ)  promotes the sustainable use of marine resources in Guatemala’s Caribbean, through social involvement and implementation of scientific and technical processes that will benefit coastal communities.
The Scale of the Problem
The Scale of the Problem

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The Project

The Caribbean coasts of Guatemala and Honduras are part of the second largest Barrier Reef in the world and therefore their protection is of the utmost importance. The coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves that are found in the area are being affected by solid waste, sedimentation, nutrients and pollution from the Motagua River, causing an alarming visual impact and plastic debris injures and causes the deaths of fish, seabirds and marine mammals. This project will work with eight most affected communities in the Gulf of Honduras to reduce plastic pollution on the beaches of the Caribbean. This project will:
- recruit 20 volunteers from each community to act as regional representatives for their coast
- deliver at least 20 talks on environmental education to community groups, businesses, schools and universities about the harmful effects of plastic waste on habitats and species.
- organise at least 80 beach clean events which will not only collect, but also classify and record the waste to create social awareness, change habits and develop policies based on the findings

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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage