On Tuesday, Dec. 8, CAVU, together with partners Healthy Reefs Initiative, Conservation International/MMAS and the Association of Protected Areas Management Organization (APAMO) of Belize, kicked off its campaign with an all-day roundtable conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City. The Reefs for People Campaign, funded by the Oak Foundation, will use CAVU’s unique film tools and outreach to raise awareness among fishermen, tourism operators, park managers, politicians and all Belizeans about the importance of conserving the Mesoamerican Reef and protected areas, with the goal of achieving concrete policy changes.
Nearly 25 stakeholders were invited to participate, and representatives from the Oak Foundation, Oceana, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Southern Environmental Association, among others, attended.
A wide range of voices were heard, and a list of priorities was formulated to help guide the campaign over the following weeks and months. The films and educational tools CAVU will produce for this broad reaching campaign will take into consideration all of the input received and the priorities discussed at this meeting. In addition, participants identified critical areas of the Belize reef and coastline to be photographed as part of the country’s first ever GPS-embedded aerial photo database. CAVU will undertake aerial photography missions in Belize periodically over the course of the next two years.
Pre-production on this project begins in January, and CAVU will be filming in Belize during the latter half of February through the first weeks of March. Stay tuned for more information.