The trip was organised by Marco Cerezo, chief executive of FUNDAECO, and was designed to introduce the idea of environmental philanthropy to Guatemalan business leaders from across a range of sectors.
Marco Cerezo (right) is CEO of WLT's Guatemalan partner organisation, FUNDAECO.
In Latin America the tradition of charitable giving focuses on the alleviation of poverty, and supporting environmental projects is a new departure.
In some cases, private sector companies in Latin America have had a negative experience of working with conservation groups, and it was barriers such as these that John and Marco
sought to address in their meetings with key business people.
is delighted by the success of John's visit to Guatemala," says Marco
, "and we look forward to building on these initial meetings with key Guatemalan businesses.
The grant will enable Marco
team to work with the fishermen of Río Sarstún to establish no-take and fisheries-recovery zones in Laguna Grande and King Fish Reefs.
When Marco was advised of the grant, MAR Fund executive director Maria José Gonzales suggested FUNDAECO use the grant to leverage support from WLT for land acquisition.
"The idea of leverage is really working," said Marco