Country Coordinator at Blue Ventures
Primary representative of Blue Ventures in Belize, providing vision, leadership and high-level representation for Blue Ventures with key audiences nationally and regionally. Adaptively manage projects and activities leading towards the fulfilment of strategic objectives, including a market intervention for invasive lionfish. Having established Belize’s first export and domestic markets for lionfish in 2013, we are now developing an integrated lionfish control and exploitation strategy in tandem with an iterative social marketing campaign to drive targeted lionfish fishing and consumption - maximising social, environmental and economic benefits of Belize's growing lionfish fishery.
An integrated approach is key - community health, education, economic development and environmental conservation are not mutually exclusive topics. A healthy environment supports a happy and healthy population, but people cannot prioritise conservation over personal health and wellbeing. For this reason, I believe that every programme - be it led by government, non-governmental or private sector - must address socioeconomic development needs, whilst ensuring these interventions do not confer negative environmental outcomes, which would only be to the detriment of current and future generations.
Interventions that bring about multiple, diverse benefits are the best way to create long-lasting positive change.