CMG is proud to announce the 2016 recipient of our Blue Initiative Grant, the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program (CubaMar). CubaMar, a project of The Ocean Foundation, has worked in Cuba since 1998 to study and protect shared marine resources between Cuba and the United States. They collaborate closely with Cuban partners to conduct scientific research that advances and informs conservation policy efforts in Cuba and the Wider Caribbean. With the grant funding CubaMar will partner with For The Sea Productions and Cuban filmmakers to create an original film that celebrates a remote Cuban coastal community’s relation with the ocean, provides hands-on marine conservation experience to young Cubans, and situates Cuba in broader conversations about coastal habitat protection efforts. The film will focus on the isolated fishing community of Cocodrilo on Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud, or Isle of Youth.
Our Blue Initiative Program provides a $30,000 grant to an international organization each year, including production funding, in kind support, and guidance, to create a series of short films aimed at engaging local audiences in direct measurable action. In addition, a short film is created to engage world travelers in protecting the places they love to explore. Funding of this program is in partnership with and made possible by a 5-year grant from the Grand Circle Foundation, whose mission is to give back to the places we travel.