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Advancing Integrated Ocean Policy Approaches in Mexico

Related: Oceans and Coasts

Meridian is currently working with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund Mexico, and in-country partners in Mexico to identify opportunities to engage high-level thought leaders in Mexico around the importance of developing a shared, integrated vision for the management of Mexico’s oceans and coasts and the communities and economies that depend on them. We are specifically supporting improved communication, coordination, and shared strategy development among a number of in-country partners, with an objective to ensure the sustainable management of Mexico’s oceans and coasts and support the Mexican “blue economy” and the wellbeing of the communities that depend on marine and coastal resources. 

As part of this effort, Meridian provided support to the Packard Foundation and the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza in convening a side event to the Economist’s March 2018 World Ocean Summit. The purpose of the side event was to celebrate Mexico’s oceans and refugios pesqueros, an innovative initiative by collaboratives of Mexican fishermen to protect important marine areas as a way to ensure the sustainability of the fisheries they and their communities depend on.

Currently, the team is designing strategies to engage with the new Mexican administration to ensure oceans are a priority during the presidential transition, elevate ocean issues and the importance of oceans and coasts in the public sphere, and engage with regional leaders in coastal states.