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The Latin America Fisheries Fellowship Program

"The Story of El Manglito: Restoration of the Ensenada de la Paz"

Alejandro Robles
President and CEO
Noroeste Sustenable A.C.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Bren Hall 1414

"Alejandro Robles has been working in marine ecosystem conservation and sustainable communities for more than thirty years. His recent work in Baja, Mexico, is particularly inspirational, focusing on restoring fishing communities both ecologically and socially." — Mary Luna, LAFF Fellow, student host

In 2006 Noroeste Sustenable (Sustainable Northwest; NOS) co-founded Plataforma Bahía de La Paz, a multi-stakeholder collaboration network formed by small-scale fishermen, sports fishermen, marina owners, eco-tour operator,s and civic organizations. The most significant interventions of Plataforma members have been the creation of the Red de Observación Ciudadana, a civil effort to abate illegal fishing; and the restoration of the Ensenada de la Paz, carried out by the fishermen of El Mangltio. In 2008, NOS move its headquarters inside El Mangle, a place designed for gathering of multiple stakeholders to reflect and act upon salient sustainability affairs. El Mangle is at the heart of El Manglito, a traditional fishing community struggling, as many others, to make a living from fishing. Since, 2009, the community of El Manglito, El Mangle, and NOS have been co-evolving as they move forward together to restore the community and the ensenada. This presentation tells the story of the continuous process of transformation involving the fishing community of El Manglito, El Mangle, and NOS, and and how all three entities have shaped each other's thoughts and actions to increase social, natural, and economic capital.

Alejandro Robles is president of Noroeste Sustentable (NOS), which he co-founded in 2004. For the past thirty years, he has been working to build effective networks of collaboration among key public, private, and civil-society stakeholders to achieve sustainability of coastal communities and conservation of coastal marine ecosystems in northwestern Mexico. Mr. Robles received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Guaymas, Sonora, in 1982. In 1994, he received the Pronatura National Conservation Award for his efforts to establish the Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve. He has served as executive director of the Mexico Program at Conservation International (CI) and, and as vice president of CI for Mexico and Central America. In 1997, he received a Rockefeller Fellowship to participate in the Leadership for the Environment and Development (LEAD) program, which enabled him to approach conservation and development challenges from a multicultural and multi-stakeholder perspective. Since he became a member of the Society for Organizational Learning in 2010, NOS has adopted a systems thinking approach and organizational learning principles to its work.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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