M.E.E.R. e.V. primarily sees its mission within the areas of science and raising public awareness. The actual number of people we are reaching with our practical work is hard to estimate – but ever since numerous people and organisations have been sensitized concerning elementary environmental matters, and been encouraged to help and show commitment through M.E.E.R.’s work, it’s more than obvious that we are heading in the right direction.
The successes, campaigns, activities, and publications shown here are mainly based on voluntary work done by our active members. We are particularly thankful for the close cooperation with the Whale Watching operators on La Gomera, which began in the 1990s (until 2007 Club de Mar, since 2008 OCEANO La Gomera).
The goodwill is inestimable, not to mention the material gain derived from these cooperations: If you regarded the hours spent at sea for data-collection as paid hours, you would be looking at a minimum of 1.000 000 Euros.
The relation between our budget and the effects we achieve (scientifically, and in terms of education, activities, and campaigns) is enormous – showing that M.E.E.R. e.V. can and and will continue to work in a highly efficient manner.
The project M.E.E.R. La Gomera is internationally regarded as a ”best practice” example for sustainable whale watching tourism. Thanks to the network with national and international organisations, we have a very extensive outreach, according to the slogan “act local, think global”.
In addition, we possess expertise concerning certain topics (i.e. ship strikes or sighting database from “platforms of opportunity”) that no other European organisation can provide.