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Dokken participates in scientific forum
COATZACOALCOS, MEXICO - June 1, 2021 - GMF's Executive Director Quenton Dokken participated in the Third International Meeting of the Sea 2007 Scientific Forum in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. The gathering included mayors and leaders of municipalities around the Gulf of Mexico, including speakers from Mexico, the United States, Chile and Cuba. Topics included the use of waters of the sea; models of coastal development, and the impact of the climatic change in the coastal cities of Mexico. Dr. Dokken and Dr. John Jacob with Texas Sea Grant led a panel discussion called, "Habitat Conservation and Restoration: The Need for a Gulf-wide Alliance of Local Governments." Dr. Cuauhtémoc León Diez with CONABIO served as moderator for that portion of the program.

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Dokken meets with Veracruz governor’s staff
VERACRUZ, MEXICO - March 10, 2021 - GMF's Executive Director Quenton Dokken met with Rafael Arias, Secretary for Finance and Planning in Governor Fidel Herrera’s administration, in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, to discuss opportunities for US and Mexican collaborative efforts on environmental issues around the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Arias will be a speaker at the July meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will talk about Governor Herrera’s interest and commitment to address environmental challenges in the State of Veracruz. The Governor’s office plans to host local meetings throughout the State to speak on topic areas identified in the first Gulf of Mexico Summit held in Corpus Christi, Texas, in March of 2006.

Those topic areas are:

  • economic development and stability
  • environmental health and sustainability
  • public health
  • policy
Dr. Dokken will work with the Veracruz Governor’s office in support of their environmental efforts as they relate to the Gulf of Mexico.

GMF, Pronatura discuss common goals
GMF meets with Pronatura
MATAMOROS, MEXICO, April 6, 2021 - To discuss mutual conservation goals concerning the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre, representatives from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation traveled to Matamoros, Mexico, today to meet with Pronatura Noreste, a Mexican non-profit conservation organization.

Pronatura, established in 1981, operates offices in six regions throughout the country of Mexico. The organization has initiated many conservation efforts throughout the past 25 years, establishing protected areas, restoring habitat, and educating the public about the importance of the environment and sustainable environmental practices.

Established in 1997, Pronatura Noreste (Northeast) is the youngest region of the Pronatura family. The mission of Pronatura Noreste is to conserve and promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the health and life of northeastern Mexico.

In April 2005, following many years of work, Pronatura Noreste was responsible for having the Mexican federal government declare one million acres of the Laguna Madre of Tamaulipas a natural protected area.

Attending the meeting from the GMF were Dr. Quenton Dokken, executive director, and project coordinators Kendal Keyes and Richard Gonzalez. From Pronatura Noreste (Northeast) were Magdalena Rovalo, general director, and coordinators Hector Quintanilla, Alfonso Banda and Cristina Gil.

During the meeting, representatives from both organizations identified a primary mutual goal: promoting sustainable use of environmental resources. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation and Pronatura Noreste are both working, through many venues including education and restoration, to reach that goal. The organizations have initiated an exchange of ideas and information and may begin working together on education, restoration, and other conservation projects in the near future.

For more information visit, Pronatura Noreste online.

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