December 1, 2007
What a terrific year this has been for CAVU!
The attached newsletter – our first – details all the hard work and increased professionalism, which has led to several conservation success stories through CAVU’s projects and partnerships throughout Central America. And beyond – CAVU also completed an outreach campaign in the state of Florida with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
Rather than recounting the highlights of the newsletter, however, I would like to briefly share with you three exciting new projects CAVU is currently working on…
o In Honduras, CAVU is working with EcoLogic Development Fund to bring to scale its Carbon Offset project in Pico Bonito. EcoLogic’s project is one of only 9 such projects worldwide approved under the Kyoto Protocol. CAVU’s aim will be to increase awareness of the importance healthy tropical forests play in decreasing carbon in the atmosphere, while at the same time improving quality of life for rural communities in Central America.
o In Costa Rica, CAVU is again collaborating with The Nature Conservancy. In the coming year, we plan to join a broad campaign increasing awareness among Costa Rica’s citizens on the ecologic significance and economic importance of the Osa Peninsula. In conjunction with wise, sustainable development strategies, it will be an effort to preserve one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
o In Belize, we have teamed up with Conservation International’s MMAS program, focusing on its Science to Action Initiative. Together, we will conduct an outreach campaign for the stakeholders and users of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It is anticipated this large and significant project will commence in late 2008.
Calm Air Visibility Unlimited…well, the air more intensely busy than “calm” around the office these days, but “visibility unlimited” sounds about right: CAVU’s films have been screened in small communities and large conferences from Canada to Argentina; in the past months we’ve received solicitations for several of the films to festivals from Korea to Germany to Istanbul to San Francisco, Washington DC, Jackson Hole, and Missoula. Additionally, CAVU will soon be creating podcasts from its video library to further facilitate access throughout Latin America.
In closing, I’d like to thank all of you who’ve believed in our mission and supported us during these past two years. I honestly believe that the tremendous, non-stop hard work and dedication of some talented people – board, staff, contract players, and partners – is just now coming to fruition, and CAVU is…ready for take off!
To those of you who are new friends… I believe that through supporting our efforts you will join in making a small but significant impact on conservation in Central America, a region of extraordinary biological diversity, critical to the health and future richness of our planet.
Thank you for your consideration.
David S. Smith