The territory of the Greater Caribbean: its ecosystem, relationships and the sustainability of its small-scale fisheries.
To speak of the Greater Caribbean we consider a network of ecosystems made up of coral reefs, underwater rivers, mangroves and other tropical forests that sustain its vitality. The territory of the Greater Caribbean has inspired poets, singers and painters who’ve narrated its landscapes and stories to immortalize it in the world’s imagination. Its great biodiversity is expressed both in its gastronomy and its artistic culture.
However, this great richness of the Caribbean is threatened by industrial activities like agriculture, tourism and large-scale fishing that negatively impact the natural and social life of the region. We invite you, in this forum, to learn about the interconnected complexity characteristic of the Caribbean and to share stories of resistance and resilience from the words, hands and hearts of artisanal Caribbean fishers.
- Patricia Ocampo, Mexico, marine biologist at the University of Valle (Colombia), has more than 20 years of work experience in government agencies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and local and international NGOs.
- Lisette Keus, Curaçao, diver and lionfish hunter. Two books were published with her as one of the characters: Be a Wavemaker and Great Caribbean Escape.
- Juan José López Negrete, Colombia, photographer, engineer, fish farmer and specialist in the development of environmental education. He coordinates the Association of Farmers and Fishermen of the Ciénega Grande Del Bajo Sinú, ASPROCIG.
- Gonzalo Merediz, Mexico, biologist, has participated in numerous projects related to conservation, sustainable development and climate change in Quintana Roo with the organization Friends of Sian Ka’an.
Moderator: Jimmy Audino, Honduras, biologist and executive director of the Center for Marine Studies (Cem).
Event languages: EN, ES