Enhancing Community Stewardship of the Noj K’aaxH’men Elijio Panti National Park
Enhancing Community Stewardship of the Noj K’aaxH’men Elijio Panti National Park
This project aims to enhance community stewardship of the Noj K’aaxH’men Elijio Panti National Park by improving services for visitors and raise awareness to communities bordering the national park on the importance of safeguarding the protected area.

The goal of the project is to upgrade infrastructure in the Elijio Panti National Park, to provide a better service to visitors and provide awareness to communities bordering the national park on the importance of the protected area. Itzamna Society represents 3 communities namely El Progresso-7 miles, San Antonio and Cristo Rey. These communities will be involved with the management of the national park and the execution of the project. At the end of the project, the communities will be actively involved in the management and protection of the national park. It is important for the bordering communities to be involved and take ownership of the protected area. When this happens, it is expected that illegal activities will decrease in the protected area and the communities will be involved in the monitoring of the National Park. The communities believe that nature has it all and is important to protect for clean water, clean air, food and traditional medicine.
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Project Snapshot

Itzamna Society
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 20,900.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,250.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
. IS has accomplished its goals of providing educational and training opportunities for community members including women, youth, students, farmers and indigenous peoples from San Antonio, Cristo Rey and El Progresso-7 Miles. These activities focused on many topics such as park management and planning, project design and management, sustainable tourism development, cave guiding, conservation awareness, organic farming practices, indigenous permaculture practices, pine bark beetle monitoring, environmental education with schools and fire control issues. Itzamna Society represents the indigenous people (Yucatec Maya), Mestizos and refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala living in El Progresso-7 miles and considers the involvement of women and youths as a priority in all its activities.
Gender Focus
Generally, in the indigenous communities the men would be in control of the leadership and decision making. In this case, Itzamna Society engages women in many processes of the project execution. There has been a transformation in the leadership of the communities where the leadership has the participation of women. Women will be involved in the decision making and execution of the project.
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