We are leading an educational program to help coastal communities prepare for natural disasters.
In late 2015, the category five Hurricane Patricia was tracking toward the central coast of Mexico. Fortunately the point of landfall was at a relatively under populated area between the two large urban centers of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. People in the path of the hurricane were not well prepared for what came next. Floods, landslides, rockfalls, shattered infrastructure and demolished buildings left people in dire straits. The area is still recovering. Now, Eco Vida is using the experience of Hurricane Patricia as a tool to teach disaster preparedness in the at-risk coastal communities we serve.
Our water quality program is centered around our sampling and testing of the local rivers, estuaries, canals, river mouth, and near shore waters. Our aim is to monitor conditions to ensure a healthy mangrove forest and provide imperical data for long-term decision making. We are happy to report that the water quality is excelent and supports a thriving mangrove forest.
Our mangrove protection program extends from the Pascuales rivermouth up the Armeria river and throughout the estuary network which covers over 70 acres. Our goal is to remove the destructive elements (trash) that slow the growth of yough mangrove plants. We work to eliminate dumping of waste and sewage, and minimize human impact.
Eco Vida believes that education is the key to long term environmental protection, and so we make an environmental lesson part of all our public events. Every two weeks we invite a class of school shildren from Colima to come and enjoy a day with us atthe beach to learn about their local habitat, help clean up the beach, eat some local sea food snacks, and play some beach games. We believe education is the key to a sustainable future.
We are dedicated to the protection of the natural environment for the enjoyment of all people, present and future.
Through conservation, activism and education we strive to create the cleanest possible environment and a higher standard of living for the people we serve.
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