Asociación Tikonel

The Asociación de Desarrollo Productivo y de Servicios Tikonel (Asociación Tikonel) is an organization fostering sustainable natural resource management and the development of community-led micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Operating in 152 communities nationwide, with a particular emphasis on the volcanic chain in the western highlands of Guatemala, the initiative has strongly contributed to the sustainable management of 3,776 hectares of land, including soil conservation, reforestation, and agroforestry. In their mission to combat environmental degradation, Asociación Tikonel has provided improved cookstoves to 50 families and implemented training programs for over 8,000 community members on various topics related to sustainable forest management and forest conservation. They collaborate with the National Forest Institute for business management projects and are integrated in 11 local grassroots organizations, as well as 18 MSMEs working on community entrepreneurship and sustainable value chains. Through their activities, including the sustainable production and selling of wooden and textile articles, Asociación Tikonel successfully promotes inclusion, gender equity, and empowerment of Indigenous peoples.


Equator Prize Winner: 2023

Year of establishment: 2000

Location: San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Ecosystem: Forests; Mountains



Equator Prize 2023


Latin America and the Caribbean




Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change


Biodiversity conservation




Francisco Xanté Lobos and Amarilis Yoc
General Director and Technical Manager



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