Asociación Bio-Itzá (Bio-Itzá Association)

Asociación Bio-Itzá (Bio-Itzá Association) is an indigenous organization of the Mayan Itzá people, located in the Municipality of San José in northern Guatemala, which works to involve local communities and incorporate Mayan cultural traditions in the conservation of regional biodiversity. Legally incorporated in 1991, the association's first major achievement came in 1998, when it was granted usufruct ownership of a 36-square kilometer area of forest, the Indigenous Community Bio-Itzá Reserve – the first indigenous community reserve to be established in Guatemala.

The association brings together 60 member families and focuses on three project areas: biodiversity conservation, through the sustainable management of the Bio-Itzá Reserve; development of sustainable micro-enterprises; and educational programmes addressing environmental and social issues that utilize indigenous Mayan knowledge.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2006

Founded: 1991

Location: San José,Petén Department

Beneficiaries: 60 families

Biodiversity: 36 km2 Bio-Itzá Reserve


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Asociación para la Conservación de la Reserva Indígena BioItzá - Guatemala (ES)

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 Equator Prize 2006

Latin America And The Caribbean

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Sustainable Forestry


Contact Information

Reginaldo Chayax Heux
Barrio El Progreso San #_é, Peten,
Guatemala C.A.
Tel: (502) 7928-8142
Fax: (502) 7928-8056


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