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The program focuses on training leaders of the MAR region with a market initiative that has the potential to improve the health and resilience of the MAR ecosystems and their surrounding communities. It provides training on different topics such as designing nature-based solutions, impact investment, leadership skills, and business model canvas..
The type of business ideas or projects must be nature-based solutions (NbS): actions that benefit human well-being and biodiversity by sustainably managing and conserving natural resources. The initiatives must have business potential and be ready to receive private investment in the short, medium, or long term; however, all ideas or projects are welcome regardless of the stage in which they are.
Meet the inspirational entrepreneurs selected for the 2023 Cohort of Build & Connect.
This project assesses the feasibility of generating carbon and biodiversity credits in the voluntary market to conserve the health of the MAR through an integrated strategy.
The objective of the project proposes the use of specially designed machinery to address the sargassum issue in the coastal zone.
Sustainable financing for the management of protected areas through a Test Laboratory, will implement a self-sustaining environmental services laboratory for water quality monitoring around the island.
The cooperative commitment is to promote the conservation of marine ecosystems through the practice of non-extractive but recreational and educational economic activities
Promote economic development among women in Utila by creating sustainable souvenirs and jewelry made from the fins of the invasive lionfish, boosting the local economy and engaging the female community.