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On the northeastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, between Cancun and Tulum, lies the idyllic Riviera Maya, with more than 70,000 hotel rooms spread along its beaches. Developers continue to build new resorts, homes, and condos there, and because of the way those projects are sited and built, they often pose significant threats to nearby… Read More »

Divemaster and tourists in Cozumel

Though the top attractions in the Riviera Maya, Mexico are sun, sea, and sand, many vacationers spend time on the nearby Mesoamerican Reef, from experienced scuba divers to cruise ship passengers snorkeling for the first time. During the high season, the reefs may receive thousands of visitors every day who bring with them the potential… Read More »

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A collaborative study prepared by ICRW and the World Bank, The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage explores the negative impacts of the practice of child marriage  and its associated economic costs. The study looks at five domains of impacts: (i) fertility and population growth; (ii) health, nutrition, and violence; (iii) educational attainment and learning; (iv)… Read More »

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) has produced a series of infographics illustrating how much is spent on fossil fuels every year in five US cities including Washington D.C. The infographics summarize spending by citizens, businesses and city governments, showing where the money goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were redirected into… Read More »

Partners for Places is a matching grant program that builds partnerships between local place-based foundations and municipal sustainability directors in the U.S and Canada. The fund provides matching investments on a competitive basis… Read More »

Belize is the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for small-scale fisheries. The new paradigm empowers Belize’s fishers and communities to conserve and protect the ecosystem, while still using its resources to provide for their families.
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Schoolchildren in Belize

TIDE, one of Belize’s most respected NGOs, uses a ridge-to-reef approach in its conservation and sustainable development work in southern Belize’s Mayan Mountain Marine Corridor, where it manages … … Read More »

Through its online platform the Coalition for Adolescent Girls brings together more than 30 international organizations that design, implement and evaluate programs that benefit adolescent girls throughout the developing world who are trapped in cycles of poverty… Read More »

GOJoven was launched in 2004 in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico and has trained over 350 young leaders aged 18-30 to act as catalysts for improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health choices, services, policies, and programs at the community, national, and regional levels. Run by the Public Health Institute for nearly ten years, PHI began supporting a transition to alumni-led GOJovens in each country in 2012. The youth-led GOJoven associations in each country have continued to grow and deepen their programs addressing ASRH and transform gender norms… Read More »