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Key Figure: Edo Heinrich-Sanches

Date Posted: 2001-09-07

Edo Heinrich-Sanches is one of Okinawa's most active Hispanic Americans and was voted Hispanic of the Year in 1998 by the Okinawa Hispanic-American Association.

Born a U.S. Citizen from Cuban parents and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain, and Denver, Colorado, Edo currently teaches English at a local school and Spanish privately. In 1992, together with Kenny Ehman, Eisaku Tawata, and Bruce Roberts, he helped found the Okinawa International Clean Beach Club, and in 1995, he helped create the Okinawa Ocean Culture and Environment Action Network (Okinawa O.C.E.A.N.), which led to the creation of World O.C.E.A.N. in 1998.

With hopes of building a bridge of cooperation and exchange between the island groups of Okinawa, Hawaii, Cuba and the greater Caribbean, and the Canary Islands, O.C.E.A.N. supports and seeks funding to continue the volunteer activities of the Okinawa International Clean Beach Club's "I Love Okinawa" campaign.

In 1997, Edo attended the 1997 Earth Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York representing the Asia Environmental Society where he met with representatives of other island communities. He is the president of OICBC and Chief Navigator of World O.C.E.A.N. Their team's efforts have been recognized by local and national governments and by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Edo has done a lot for Okinawa and for the world as a whole and is a key figure in the Hispanic American community on Okinawa.

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