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Campeche, Mexico

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ON MEXICO’S GULF COAST

Making A Difference In Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

ABOUT CAMPECHE

The Mexican state of Campeche is located in the southeast region of the country, with over 320 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Our collaboration is taking place in the city of Campeche and its immediate surrounding area, including in the small towns of Seybaplaya and Lerma. We are fortunate to have two great BlueCommunities local NGO partners that we are working with on various levels community engagement and support: Ninth Wave Mexico and Yuumtsil Káak Náab.

LOCAL GOALS
• Plastic waste reduction
• Improve endangered turtle conservation
• Promote circular principles
• Raise awareness about plastic pollution and the circular economy
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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LOCAL PARTNERS

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An independent, international organisation which works in unknown or forgotten territories generating space for investigation and positive change in environmental, community and social settings. They are located in the city of Campeche, where they lead multiple community-based socio-environmental programs.

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This local NGO is based in Seybaplaya, Mexico, where they manage our conservation efforts to protect the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle. Through this program, they also engage in youth education. Lead by Luis Góngora Dominguez, they seek to restore and maintain the local environment for generations to come. 

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OUR PROJECTS

In partnership with Ninth Wave Mexico and Yuumtsil Káak Náab, we are focused on the following efforts:

CAMPECHE TURTLE PROJECT

A conservation effort to save and study the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle. In 2020, Plastic Oceans provided full funding for this, which resulted in a record year, with over 80 nests under our protection and over 6,500 hatchlings successfully made it to the sea.

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MERCADO VERDE

A green weekend marketplace that supports local, fairtrade and small producers that operate with socio-environmental values. Plastic Oceans provided funding for the market space and support on general operations – which empowers over 50 local families to create meaningful income. Plastic reduction programs are in place to reduce waste onsite. 

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PLASTIC POLLUTION MITIGATION

Monthly beach cleanups throughout the region, as well as plastic reduction programs at the Mercado Verde and other community touch points. Plastic Oceans has provide mini grants to fund all supplies and staff has been on hand to help with the cleanups.

“It’s been inspiring to see local community members come out and want to be part of the solution.” – Julie Andersen, CEO, Plastic Oceans

URBAN FARMING & ANIMAL RESCUE

The Campanario uses circular principles to grow local, chemical-free produce. It also processes organic waste from city businesses to feed rescue animals and generate compost – which begins the process once again. The space also hosts a variety of events related to eco education, music, art, culinary demonstrations and more – which Plastic Oceans funding supports. 

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YOUTH & ADULT EDUCATION

Through the Campeche Turtle Project, in-school workshops, and online webinars, Plastic Oceans is supporting and participating in a robust eco education program throughout the Campeche region. In-school workshops have been limited, due to COVID, but will return in full force in 2021. Funding is needed to develop education materials. 

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