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Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala
by Semillas del Océano (Seeds of the Ocean) (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
To implement education, scientific and community development programs that promote the conservation and correct use of the ocean and its marine life.

In this sense, as an organization, we are willing to increase scientific knowledge in the population of Guatemala, this, by doing scientific research and connecting people with the oceans through citizen science and other conservation campaigns that tackle threats such as pollution and overfishing. Using educational methods and four learning strands (inspiration, knowledge, confidence, and action), Semillas del Ocano wants to sow the seed of conservation in children and youth.

All our programs are community-based and include different workshops that are held every month at public schools of coastal communities of the Guatemalan Caribean and the Pacific ocean.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
To foster 75 educators who promote actions towards the oceans and replicate scientific-based knowledge with the new generations
To educate 25,000 children in ocean literacy
To do at least 10 massive beach cleanup campaigns in the Motagua river mouth (a main pollution zone in Guatemala)
To do 5 one-year-coastal-marine-scientific-monitoring to increase scientific information in Guatemala
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
In-kind contribution
Other, please specify
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2019 - January 2024
Semillas del Ocano (NGO), Aurora Zoo (Private Sector), European Outdoor Conservation Association -EOCA- (Civil Sociaty Organization), The Rufford Foundation (Philantrophic organization), SorbosGt (Private Sector), ADG Multiservicios (Private Sector), MarFund (Civil Sociaty Organization), National Council of Protected Areas -CONAP- (Government), Ministry of Environment (Government), Ministry of Education -MINEDUC- (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Alerick Pacay, Mr., apacay@semillasdeloceano.com,
Guatemala, Guatemala
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