Will enable enhancement of outreach, partnerships
Cayman Enterprise City has donated free zone office space to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. The nonprofit organization conducts research and education programs at its Little Cayman Research Centre, where the institute studies local and global issues such as the impact of climate change, biodiversity, and local human actions on coral reef resilience.
While the Little Cayman station supports this research and offers education programs to hundreds of local children each year, the group says a home office in Grand Cayman will allow for the expansion of its community outreach and local partnerships.
“This is incredibly generous of CEC. We are a nonprofit organization with a modest budget, and gifts like this have a tremendous impact on our capacity to share and grow our work,” said Denise Clegg, CCMI director of advancement. “We are thrilled to create a home base on Grand Cayman, to expand our outreach to local schools and businesses. We know that Caymanian children are the future stewards of our precious marine environment, a resource that we all love, and that makes the Cayman Islands such a thriving community and destination for visitors.”
CCMI’s educational programs aim to give students a better understanding of critical issues facing marine ecosystems, and to improve community appreciation and understanding of conservation. In recent years the organization has been involved in coral nurseries and studying the resilience of endangered corals.
“The work that CCMI does is obviously good for Cayman and for the marine environment generally – and their education outreach teaches Cayman’s youth about the importance of preserving Cayman’s marine environment for this and future generations. As CEC has launched the Cayman Maritime Services Park and begins to work with businesses in the maritime sector, we feel this partnership with CCMI is timely,” said Charlie Kirkconnell, CEO for CEC.
CCMI plans to move into Cayman Enterprise City this month. Ms. Clegg and CCMI staff will be there part time to expand their outreach during the new school year.
“This is perfect timing,” she said.