MAR-L benefits more than 2 million people who depend on the reef's health.
MAR-L has proven to be a platform for scaling up projects and creating synergies at the international level. In eleven years of operation, it has trained 122 leaders from the four countries and incubated over 75 conservation projects. More than 70 leaders have advanced to positions of greater responsibility, and 25 leaders have influenced public policy in their countries.
From the relationships developed in MAR-L, 30 multinational synergies have emerged, and 27 leaders have received funding from the Mesoamerican Reef System Fund (MAR Fund) to implement their projects and consultancies. These achievements translate into high-impact actions generating positive changes in the conservation of the MAR and benefiting more than two million people who depend on the reef's health.
During the course of 2023, the tenth generation of MAR-L is being formed, comprising 25 leaders from the four countries, representing a total of 16 projects. These projects focus on ideas or ventures with the capacity to strengthen the health and resilience of surrounding ecosystems and communities in 18 coastal and marine protected areas in the region. The launch of the new generation took place in January, with an eight-day in-person workshop held in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Since then, five of the six scheduled virtual modules have been carried out, addressing key topics such as Entrepreneurship, Business and Finance, Impact Measurement, Conflict Resolution, Storytelling, and Leadership. Additionally, four individual mentoring sessions have been held between leaders and experts in the business field. These interactions have significantly impacted the projects' progress, of which six with high potential will be evaluated and selected to undergo an acceleration process led by New Ventures México in the second half of the year.