Editor’s Note — This piece continues with our Ocean Organization Spotlight series, which features all kinds of foundations and organizations working to protect the oceans and its inhabitants around the globe. See them all on our Ocean Organization Spotlight page.
Asta is a Canadian marine biologist with a Master’s of Professional Science from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her interest is in citizen science initiative development and marine educational outreach.
YWF-KIDO Ecological Research Station: Environmental Education and Research in the Heart of the West Indies
By Asta Mail
The YWF-KIDO Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in Grenada but based out of the tiny island of Carriacou in the West Indies.
The YWF- KIDO foundation was founded by two passionate Italian conservationists, Dr. Marina Fastigi and Dario Sandrini. In order to encourage sustainable development and nurture the natural ecosystems of Carriacou, this innovative couple developed the YWF Kido Foundation in 1991, and built KERS (Kido Ecological Research Station) their own independent jungle research station, to facilitate their work.
The foundation, once the subject of much scorn from the local community, now thrives with the assistance of local and international volunteers alike. KIDO’S primary mission is to preserve the natural ecosystems of the island, while also respecting the local heritage and providing education and career development to the island community.
KERS is both an active research station and a guest lodge. For a reasonable fee, volunteers are welcomed to stay at the lodge and enjoy its incredible natural setting.
Volunteers also visit from all over the world come to stay at the lodge while assisting with research on a variety of different local subjects. The organization’s primary research is focused on studying the nesting patterns of endangered sea turtle species on local beaches, but KIDO also engages with other local projects, including mangrove restoration, coral reef research, and animal rehabilitation.
Dr. Marina Fastigi of the YWF Kido foundation spoke to MST this week to provide an update on KIDO’s most recent work. Read the interview here.
YWF-KIDO foundation is always looking for volunteers to help with their community and research work on the beautiful island of Carriacou. To find out how you can get involved or to stay at KERS, check out YWF-KIDO Foundation’s website! You can also check out KIDO’S latest local project, Kids with Cameras Carriacou.
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