YA’AXCHÉ CONSERVATION TRUST
Harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both
Ya’axché believes in preserving the link between healthy ecosystems in nature and healthy communities in the 770,000 acre Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize. We protect wild places and collaborate with communities to address issues such as deforestation, food security, poverty, and impacts of climate change in order to promote sustainable development.
Ya’axché implements its work in a focused and methodical manner. Our efforts are guided by a three-year strategic plan, and we rely on scientific data collected by our team when making decisions. We employ the best staff and collaborate with communities, government, and other non-governmental organizations at the local, national, and international level to increase our impact. We utilize a variety of channels, such as radio programs, community meetings, training workshops, school visits, television appearances, and social media to communicate our message and educate the people of the Maya Golden Landscape and beyond. Our reputation lends itself to powerful advocacy that has brought about policy change to support conservation in the face of a dynamic context.
Our team utilizes an adaptive approach to ensure the most appropriate, innovative and effective strategies are implemented to benefit the people and environment. We collaborate with communities to educate and mold leaders and promote sustainable land practices. Our team uses cutting-edge technology and science to manage 151,000 acres of forest. We are constantly engaged in lobbying and influencing policies and laws to support conservation action. We also develop and implement sustainable financing initiatives to support our long term goals.
Over the past 21 years, Ya’axché has had a long-lasting impact in the Maya Golden Landscape and Belize. We have accomplished a lot with relatively little funding. Ya’axché continues to grow as an organization; expanding our reach and increasing our impact. Below are highlights of our work.
OVER 151,000 ACRES OF FOREST PROTECTED
80 FARMERS CURRENTLY RECEIVING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
OVER 3,000 MILES PATROLLED ANNUALLY BY RANGERS
BELIZE’S 1ST SUSTAINABLE AGROFORESTRY CONCESSION
37 GLOBALLY THREATENED SPECIES PROTECTED
135 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ASSISTED
60% OF BIRD SPECIES IN BELIZE FOUND IN MAYA GOLDEN LANDSCAPE
YEARLY OVER 250 PERSONS PARTICIPATE IN TRAININGS
BELIZE’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE LONG TERM BIODIVERSITY MONITORING
ADVOCATED AGAINST UNSUSTAINABLE ROSEWOOD EXTRACTION & A DAM
- More Than Just Honey, Beekeepers Contribute to Safeguard Nature
- Farmers Growing Cacao In a Forest Reserve
- Maya Traditional Uses of Forests
- Ya’axché’s First Community Forum