MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay’s Tourism and Environment Ministries on Friday launched a new call for proposals for the development of sustainable ecotourism projects with a focus on environmental protection.
Organized by several government departments and supported by the UN Development Program, the initiative encourages civil society to submit 20 projects in three categories: coastal restoration; ecotourism; and the preservation of the Laguna del Cisne basin.
“Various institutions have been jointly working on these issues,” project coordinator Sandra Bazzani said, adding that the initiative is the result of the careful accumulation of projects and proposals put forward by civil society.
Bazzani highlighted the importance of input from social organizations, which will receive $10,000 each to implement approved projects.
“Their biggest contribution is work, initiative, creativity and profound knowledge of their own turf, of the environment where they wish to carry out actions to conserve and improve (the environment), in many cases achieving a better quality of life,” she added.
Environment Minister Eneida de Leon said that such experiments have a “very important impact” on local communities, as they help to conserve natural resources, as well to as build a “life project” for a more “fair, equal and humanitarian” society.
Tourism Minister Liliam Kechichian expressed her approval of past projects sponsored under the initiative.