Kanahau’s Vision is to identify keystone species with a focus on threats to their environment, understand how to better manage natural resources of the bay islands, and educate the community to engage in sustainable practices.
Identifying keystone species with a focus on threats to their environment:
Understand how to better manage natural resources:
Educate the community to engage in sustainable practices:
Why are we doing this ?
Utila has seen something of a tourist boom over the last two decades centered around the recreational dive industry. This has bought several mixed blessings to the island. One of the more worrying and negative of these is the habitat destruction caused by urban expansion and new tourist resorts/developments. Kanahau's mission is to study and better understand the ecosystems on the island with the objective of identifying the areas that are under threat and most in need of protection. We then hope to raise the funds to purchase these lands which will be established as guarded nature reserves with public access, where appropriate and permanent scientific monitoring programs will be established for the species present.
Who can join?
Kanahau is open to all, not just biologists but also to geologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, teachers, film makers, engineers, in fact anyone who would like to visit and conduct their own research on Utila or help with the projects that are already running. We can assist with logistics, permits and permissions, provide local knowledge and advice, and also help you plan your study before you arrive.