By Peggy J. Turk Boyer, Executive Director
Boards of Directors and key staff from the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) gathered together in Ensenada, Baja California from 4 to 7 March 2016 to celebrate the institution’s 35 years of accomplishments, renew collaborations, and analyze strategic directions for the future. A reinvigorated vision emerged to guide CEDO’s work in the coming years:
Thriving coastal communities, sustainable livelihoods, healthy ecosystems!
While CEDO’s mission and integrated work has mostly focused on nine communities in the Northern Gulf of California, today the organization is expanding its horizons by sharing experiences and approaches in other coastal ecosystems. Examples include the video monitoring program for sea turtle bycatch CEDO is implementing with fishermen in the Pacific, Gulf of Ulloa; Gulf of California climate change modeling that is offering a decision framework for increasing resilience of coastal fishing communities and natural resources; and the local coastal marine spatial planning process that is being shared on the world stage as an example of how to build successful bottom up processes for ocean solutions.
The renewed mission embraces this expanding approach.
Brings together people, knowledge and solutions for vibrant communities and resilient ecosystems in the northern Gulf of California … and beyond
Six strategic directions were analyzed by CEDO’s nine US board members, seven members of the Mexican board, and six key staff who traveled from Puerto Penasco, San Luis, Tucson, San Diego and Seattle for this unique intercultural collaborative process. Challenges and actions were identified to help move forward five program objectives.
Strategic Program Objectives:
- Fisheries: Promote sustainable fisheries that focus on recovery of species and conservation of priority habitats.
- Knowledge: Create and share technical and scientific knowledge for decision making related to climate change and ecosystems management.
- Tourism: Develop and promote ecoturism and academic products and services about Northern Gulf of California ecosystems that generate income for CEDO and for local sustainability partners.
- Spatial planning: Manage spatial planning of participatory zoning at the marine and coastal space as an integrative tool.
- Environmental Culture: Promote an environmental culture with participation of society.
- Fundraising: Assure the funding and relations with donors that guarantees the physical and human resource needed to accomplish CEDO’s mission and vision.
Participants departed with smiles on their faces, better informed about the significance of CEDO’s work and energized by CEDO’s dynamic model for collaboration to help CEDO fulfill its vision and mission.