CEDO Environmental Contest to award prizes on May 13th

On Saturday, May 13th, following two months of work on topics surrounding sustainable fishing, dozens of students from communities across the coastal region will take place in the project presentation and awards ceremony of CEDO’s annual Environmental Contest.

This year’s contest of the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) brought together a record number of nearly 1000 participants, broken into 100 groups of Jr. High and High School students from 10 different coastal communities in Sonora and Baja California.

The contest consisted of evaluating fisheries in local communities in accordance to international sustainable fishing criteria, and with the results then working with the fishermen themselves on a project to promote how to improve sustainable fishing in the region. Participants receive assistance both prior to and after developing their projects.

The top three prizes for the Jr. High and High School categories will receive a commemorative plaque for their schools, while the top two will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic magazine. The first place team will take part in a CEDO camp along with a trip to the San Diego Zoo and Seaworld.

CEDO Education and Outreach Coordinator, Paloma Valdivia Jiménez, remarked this first-place award is made possible through collaboration with the San Diego Zoo, which began in 2016, under their program “From the Sea to the Mountains.”   Local sponsors and the Disney Foundation also help make these awards possible.

The 2017 CEDO Environmental Contest Awards will be held at the CEDO facilities in Las Conchas on May 13th, starting at 1 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and see the displays, along with presentations by students from the local Casa de la Cultura.

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