Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021. 12:37 pm CST.
Photo Credit: US Embassy
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The United States Embassy announces Christina Garcia, Executive Director of the Ya’axche Conservation Trust, as the Embassy’s Belize Conservation Spotlight for the month of July.
The US Embassy said on social media that Garcia grew up in the Mayan communities of Hicatee, Big Falls, and San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District.
As Executive Director of the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Garcia is in charge of the management of three protected areas in southern Belize.
“Her leadership and vision have contributed to the strength, resilience, influence, and impact of the organization,” said the US Embassy.
“Everybody plays an important role,” Garcia said. “We just have to keep on pushing for better practices and be convinced that you can make the change.”
The US Embassy said that as Garcia visited Placencia while growing up she became aware of the changes the village underwent because of tourism and that propelled her to become a conservationist.
“Through her work, Christina aims to maintain a healthy environment in partnership with communities by fostering sustainable livelihoods, protected area management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education,” said the US Embassy.
Garcia is an outstanding conservationist said the Embassy.
“Christina developed the first monitoring and research plan for the marine protected areas in southern Belize, contributed to the development of the protected areas management plans and state of the park reports. This formed her foundation as an outstanding conservation leader.”
To get where she is, Garcia “pursued a career in natural resource management, got SCUBA certified, and commenced volunteering at a local marine NGO. Thereafter, she landed a full-time position in the Science and Research Program and obtained formal training as a marine biologist,” said the US Embassy in recognition of Christina Garcia.
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