Mangrove Resource Center

Oakland, California

Design Disciplines Needed
Architecture, Sustainability/Environmental

Desired Services
Capital Campaign Materials,Healthy & Sustainable Environments

Project Description

EcoViva works in partnership and solidarity with community-led organizations in Central America organized to achieve environmental sustainability, economic security, social justice and peace. The vision and implementation of our programs come from our local partners.

Since our founding in 1996, EcoViva has fostered a locally-led movement for community development and environmental sustainability in the area surrounding the Lower Lempa River Basin and the Bay of Jiquilisco Biosphere reserve of El Salvador. With continual and focused financial and technical support, this grassroots movement has grown to include over 100 villages with a population of approximately 20,000 people.

With 18 years of experience in El Salvador, EcoViva is uniquely positioned as a bridge between international actors and our partners. Fostering alliances between universities, government agencies, local communities and organizations around the world, our experience on the ground ensures the participation and buy-in of all stakeholders.

The Mangrove Resource Center will act as an environmental education center and training facility for local students and community conservation practitioners, as well as a field laboratory. In partnership with national and international research institutions, local community members will conduct research on mangrove ecosystems, sea turtles, sustainable aquaculture, and other coastal development issues. Located in the Bay of Jiquilisco, El Salvador, it will be the first center of its kind in the country.

We are initially seeking professional support for renderings and design work, which can be used in a capital campaign to raise the remaining funds. There will be opportunities for continued partnership as the project progresses through design and construction.

We are currently surveying the site and preparing basic infrastructure, including electricity, access roads, and a well. We will continue to raise funds this year and hope to begin construction in 2015.