The support and participation of communities play an important role in the success of ecosystem conservation. Ya’axché’s good rapport with communities keeps us grounded and has allowed for successful collaboration, ensuring the protection of the ecosystems, and uplifting of livelihoods. Our support has translated to empowerment, with communities taking greater leadership roles in the sustainable use of our forests and rivers that we rely on.
WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
To create harmony with nature
COMMUNITIES ARE IMPORTANT
It is important for communities to have access to knowledge, information, and capacity building opportunities in order to be effective stewards of our natural resources. Therefore, we implement education and outreach activities to increase awareness on environmental threats that affect the country. Furthermore, we highlight how they can individually and collectively contribute to solutions to these challenges.
In addition, we also offer various capacity building opportunities to community leaders and groups, farmers, teachers, and children. We share information on our activities so that communities are aware of the impacts of our work.
Ya’axché’s approach is inclusive, participatory, engaging and culturally appropriate. We have a dedicated team that engages youth in environmental education, focusing on issues and solutions as well as exposing them to conservation careers. Farming families are provided with technical support, training, materials and supplies to support them in the implementation of climate-smart farming. Local leaders and community groups are engaged to build their capacity in governance, micro-enterprises, and sustainable agriculture.
We are working with farmers, primary schools, and various organized groups in 10 communities across the Maya Golden Landscape. Communities are supporting and are engaging in the protection of forests and rivers which provides many benefits to us. Additionally, our sustainable agricultural outreach efforts are enabling farmers to adopt climate-smart farming techniques and solutions that reduce the demand of cutting down primary forest in search of fertile soils.