What we doYa'axché is working in two programmatic areas: Community Outreach and Livelihoods (COL) and Protected Areas Management (PAM). Although these programs are managed separately, the activities are closely interlinked. Ya'axché acknowledges that community support is necessary for successful management of protected areas. At the same time, responsible and sustainable use of natural resources (including protected areas) is necessary to ensure the long-term viability of human communities.
Community support is necessary for successful management of protected areasYa'axché also advocates at the local and national levels for community empowerment, sound legislation for sustainable use of natural resources and protected areas, and governmental support in law enforcement.
Race Against Fire is a popular annual event coined by Ya'axche as a day to build awareness about fire management and sound agricultural methods. The main attraction of the day is a bicycle race around a circuit of local villages, while the rest of the day is filled with educational and fun activities for kids and adults. | Photo: Sergio Rejado.