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Leading The Way In Conservation With The UN!

The Guatemala Sailfish Commission is partnering with The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) to develop strategic plans and projects for the protection of billfish in our region and for the development of a Big-Game Fish Tourism Industry for Guatemala!

If you recall from previous newsletters, our Mission with the Sailfish Commission is:

Promote the socioeconomic development of the Pacific Coastal region of Guatemala by developing Big-Game-Fish Tourism, taking an adequate and sustainable advantage of the natural resource that is the Billfish.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

In October 2012, UNDP launched the Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN, The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) develops and pilots a new approach and methodology for leveraging increased biodiversity investments.

Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt, who leads The Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science at The University of Miami has been invited to lead the project.

Niels Erichsen from Pacific Fins Resort & Marina led meetings this past weekend between Dr. Ehrhardt and the Minister of Fisheries, Sebastian Marcucci. These meetings resulted in cooperation agreements between the experts to formulate an integrated plan for the sustainability of the billfish population with the support of an expanding Recreational Fishing Development Initiative!

We look very forward to keeping you up to date on this exciting news through future newsletters.