BENEFITING: WAVES FOR DEVELOPMENT
EVENT DATE: Jul 20, 2016
This summer the WAVES for Development crew and I will be testing a pilot program with a focus on environmental conservation. The project will be in the cozy community of Ostional in Nicaragua. This small coastal community provides refuge for its many farmers, ranchers, and fisherman. The WAVES team is developing a pilot program with aims to work on an interpretive trail that will meander its way through the community. From the removal of invasive species to engineering structures to elevate pathways prone to flooding, the program is intended to provide immense support for this rural community. There is also a large emphasis on reforestation with this initiative and the following facts from the UN should help understand why such endeavors are so important.
Between 1990 and 2010 Nicaragua has experienced a loss of an average of 70,000 ha or 1.55% per year. In total, Nicaragua lost 31.0% of its forest cover, or around 1,400,000 ha. At this rate we can say adios to Nicaragua's forests within 100 years, unless there is some interested reforestation aid workers...
Eric Olson, Senior Lecturer of Ecology in the Sustainable International Development Master’s Degree Program at Brandeis University, will be sharing his knowledge in this mangrove and gallery forest stewardship initiative. Eric will be able to propel the initiative towards improvement with the overall deforestation deficit in mind.
At WAVES knowledge and education are believed to be ultimately empowering, and with Eric's help this belief will be acted upon. Part of the responsibility of a WAVES volunteer is a donation to the organization, and this is where you come in. Donations that are made, go directly to WAVES and help this team develop and actualize their true potential.
ABOUT WAVES WAVES is an organization that seeks to host life-enriching experiences in coastal communities for its inhabitants and visitors. These experiences are intended to service youth development and encourage a deeper connection between the visiting volunteers and their temporary environment. It was started in 2004 when a team of inspired local and international surfers recognized their desire to help local youth with little resources enjoy surfing. It was also recognized the many of the surfing destinations around the world are placed on top of underdeveloped communities which go under-recognized.
WAVES is an acronym for Water, Adventure, Voluntourism, Education, and Sustainability and if you chat with anyone that knows me this is a cause I naturally fall in line with.