Our first major project in Guatemala is cleaning the bay of Puerto San Thomas, Izabal.
We have a limited amount of rivers which will be the first cleaned with RiverImpact Barriers in Guatemala.
In cooperation with Fundaeco, the largest NGO in Guatemala and heavily involved in the protection of the eco-systems in Izabal, RiverImpact will implement fourteen RiverImpact Barriers in seven small rivers that pollute the bay of Puerto San Thomas.
The barriers will stop any debris floating in the bay. Fundaeco, together with the involvement of the local communities, will clean and maintain the barriers. The local communities will separate the debris and plastics and will sell the separate plastics for recycling, to have additional income for social projects in their communities. All coordinated by Fundaeco.
In Guatemala we work with Fundaeco the largest NGO in Guatemala. They manage several natural reserves in the area of Puerto Barrios.
We are jointly developing a master plan to clean the Bay of San Thomas. Initially, Fundaeco has purchased 2 barriers for 2 rivers.
After installation the local communities (in conjunction with Fundaeco) will be responsible for the operation of the barriers.
Invema will buy the recyclables. Revenue will benefit the local community and cover the costs of operations.