To protect the natural and marine resources through citizen surveillance in the Bay of La Paz, including its Protected Natural Areas and priority marine sites in the Gulf of California.
A CITIZEN OBSERVER IS...
The Network of Citizen Observers A.C. It is the space where Any citizen interested in the care and sustainability of the Bay of La Paz can participate and influence favorably; through citizen complaints, access to information on the health of the bay or participating in specific strategies (beach cleaning, disclosure of environmental values and observance of current regulations).
A citizen observer perceives what happens in his immediate circumference, a circle that navigates with the observer at every moment. So it is the direct participation of citizens in environmental monitoring that is the core for the protection and sustainable development of the environment and its elements natural.
A citizen observatory increases the level of interest, awareness and understanding of environmental problems and scenarios, in such a way that users of nature can make informed decisions.
María Ugarte Executive Director
Alberto Guillén Operations Director
Héctor Trinidad Melendez Project Coordinator
José Luis Ceseña Calderón Boat Captain
Ricardo Calderón Amador Boat Captain
Máximo Valentín Pérez Boat Captain
Luis Alberto Mejía Cota Techincal Advisor
Alberto Francisco Rodríguez Communications Director
Elizabeth Pastora Álvarez Ramos Administrative Coordinator
Elizabeth Ramos GarcíaAccountant
Adilene Carrasco CotaTechnical advisor
Ramiro Arcos AguilarDatabase Analyst
ROC’s Water Program and citizen participation initiative is carried out as the offical La Paz Waterkeeper. Through this program, the community is informed about the quality of water for recreational use, promoting human and environmental health through informed decision-making. ROC’s commitment is to the conservation of the Bay of La Paz and the protection of human health.
ROC’s goal is effective law enforcement and surveillance through collaboration with government authorities and strengthening laws for the protection and responsible development of artisanal fisheries and tourism activities in the Bay of La Paz and in its Natural Protected Areas. Through our surveillance program, we seek to guarantee the fishing and tourist sectors the responsible use of the natural resources of the Bay of La Paz. This program’s aim is to strengthen surveillance and the enforcement of the existing legal framework for fishing and tourism activities through collaboration with government agencies in the Bay of La Paz, including the Espírito Santo Archipelago Marine Zone National Park and the Balandra Flora and Fauna Protection Area.
Our surveillance strategies include:
A fundamental pillar of ROC is "collaboration". Emanating from citizens, we deeply respect the popular saying that says: " If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go accompanied " and for that is part of collective efforts for the conservation of the environment both national and international atmosphere.
ROC is licensed as the La Paz Waterkeeper by the Waterkeeper Alliances, the largest international non-profit organization focused on clean water.
The Waterkeeper Alliances brings together hundreds of Waterkeepers from around the world, strengthening and growing a network of members to protect everyone's right to clean water. The Alliances promotes, supports and brings people together to work regionally (Waterkeeper Latin America) and provides training, tools, advice and promotion.
ROC co-founded the Paralelo 28 initiative to help secure financial support for surveillance and promotion of the sustainable use of Protected Natural Areas in the Gulf of California.
ROC’s role in the Paralelo 28 initiative is fundamental, providing technical knowledge and experience regarding the needs of surveillance strategies, costs and objectives for efficient surveillance. Paralelo 28 acts as a reliable source to link sectors and helps in promoting, financing and strengthening models for Protected Natural Areas.
ROC's work is strengthened by the links and collaborations we have with entities such as
Follow our dissemination platforms. Our job is to share data about the health and conservation of the marine ecosystems of Baja California Sur. We seek direct dialogue with citizens interested in the health of the sea in our social networks.