PWF Ecuador Hosts Training for Tour Operators

Under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment and Machalilla National Park, Pacific Whale Foundation Ecuador provided a free training during the months of August through early September. The gathering was a unique opportunity for Puerto López residents to learn from National Park representatives. Specifically directed towards those in constant interaction with whales, the training was attended by park rangers, guides, and captains of Machalilla National Park.

Collectively, the training brought together about 90 people including both veteran guides with many years of experience and new ones who will help with future protection. We were delighted to have the talkative guides with all their questions and even the silent captains who needed teambuilding games to loosen their tongues a little!

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Training Guides and Boat Captains in Ecuador

Since August until the first days of September we have had the opportunity at Pacific Whale Foundation Ecuador to do some capacity building and to learn from National Park (NP) rangers, NP guides and boat captains. Under coordination of the Ministry of Environment and the NP Machalilla we organised 3 talks directed at manoeuvering vessels correctly in presence of whales, at sharing our last scientific results, but most importantly to provide information and building capacity for guides and boat captains of the Machalilla NP.

All 3 talks together brought approximately 90 people together, including NP rangers with many years of experience as well as new ones who will contribute in the future to the protection of the marine area of the Machalilla NP. It was a real pleasure to have the guides with all their questions with us, as well as the silent captains whose tongue was loosened after a series of funny environmental role plays.

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