CAVU initiatives are CAVU at its best. Each one works to create a level playing field and unite communities by fully employing CAVU’s unique combination of tools: flight, film and education.
Belize: Reefs for People
The Belize Barrier Reef system is in dire straits. Plagued with threats such as rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification and increasing storms, Belize is also facing homegrown problems such as pollution from run-off activities, sedimentation, eutrophication, overfishing and habitat loss due to unplanned development.
CAVU collaborated with Girls Incorporated of Santa Fe, New Mexico to create a series of videos capturing their critical work and many achievements successfully helping young girls over the last sixty years.
As is the case in many Latin American countries, significant segments of El Salvador's population live without reliable access to potable water. Agua Salvadora is a documentary about the process involved in supplying potable water to poor communities, thereby significantly improving quality of life.
The Costa Rican coastline is rich in much more than just beauty. It offers a wide variety of marine life, including fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Thousands of Costa Rican families depend on fishing as a generator of employment, income and sustenance.
In the mountains of northern Costa Rica, communities who had long thought of water as an inexhaustible resource have begun to see a reduction in quality and quantity of this vital liquid. The cloud forests have been continually destroyed to make room for farm land and urban growth.
“The Paths of Change” was shot on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in Bahla Ballena, Punta Uvita. The film tells the story of a community in transition, faced with critical decisions on planning, zoning and development - decisions which will have a lasting impact on the social and environmental welfare of the region and it's citizens.
When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s largest and most influential environmental groups, knocked on CAVU’s door with a proposal to create the newest “tool” in their ‘climate change toolkit’ – we didn’t hesitate.
The Darién Gap is vital and necessary ecosystem to maintain the health of the Americas not only because it is home to a wealth of biodiversity but also because it acts as a barrier between North and South America.
Higher Ground: The Battle to Save Florida’s Beaches
Exploring the Reality of Our Changing Coastlines
For decades, Florida’s outstretched coastline welcomed millions of Americans who came in search of their part of the American dream. But Florida’s beaches are no longer an unspoiled paradise for people and wildlife.
The Cockcomb's project focuses on local community empowerment of the jaguar’s habitat and their ability to positively benefit from the Preserve and the peripheral economic resources jaguar conservation provides.