About Us

Mission

"To improve the welfare and economic growth in Honduras through support in the management and sustainable use of its marine biodiversity"

Scope

  • Conduct applied research to provide necessary information for the construction and improvement of strategies aimed at the management of marine resources.
  • Develop viable solutions that can balance economic reality with conservation priorities and cultural considerations.
  • Work with local communities and to identify and resolve threats to local resources at multiple scales.

Objectives

  • Applied Research: Increase the understanding of marine ecosystems and coastal communities at different spatial and temporal scales throughout the region.
  • Education and Capacity Building: Be a point of contact and source of information on matters related to marine resources with which to develop understanding and appreciation by the communities and with it to build capacity for local management.
  • Support for Conservation: Develop and implement innovative ideas to conserve resources based on local and regional priorities and mechanisms to promote the exchange of experience and expertis.

Background

The Centre for Marine Studies (CEM) is a Honduran NGO established in 2006 to develop technical skills in applied research to support the management of marine biodiversity. Founded in Utila, Bay Islands, as the Utila Centre for Marine Ecology, the organization has expanded its work to all Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Honduras. With its holistic approach it integrates ecological and socioeconomic aspects into essential information on which pragmatic management strategies for coastal marine resources may be constructed.

Our team of resident and visiting scientists, socio-economists and natural resource managers, have altogether a deep and extensive field experience along the coastal area of ​​the region. Working in and with communities, the Center helps identify and quantify threats to sustainability in the use of resources and the resulting impacts to the livelihoods of people who are intrinsically tied to them. While the Centre's research interests are broad, covering the management of coral reefs, connectivity of populations, small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, the general theme is always the search of realistic solutions for a balanced resource management between the economic reality and conservation priorities.

The CEM currently provides technical assistance to the government of Honduras in the topics of Fisheries and Protected Areas, and so it works with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in tri-national programs of resource management. The Center is also the scientific counterpart of non-governmental organizations working in Honduras multinationals and provides technical assistance to programs of international development agencies.