Association of
forest
communities
of Petén

Through our community forestry model, we manage 500,000 hectares of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the largest in Mesoamerica

Our community forestry model manages more than 500,000 hectares of forest in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), the largest protected natural area in Guatemala and the largest forest reserve in Mesoamerica.

The communal organizations that form ACOFOP protect the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Along with conservation actions, the community forestry model allows the communities that inhabit and care for the forests to generate economic and social benefits, through the sustainable use of timber species such as mahogany and cedar; non-timber products such as xate, ramón nut and pepper, as well as the management of tourism services.

1990

The Maya Biosphere Reserve was created in 1990, it is the largest protected area in Guatemala, managed by the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP)

1995

The Consultative Council of the Forest Communities of Petén (CONCOFOP) is born, and in 1997 it is legalized under the figure of the Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP)

2000

ACOFOP consolidates its operation, achieving community management of more than 500,000 hectares of forests located in the Multiple-Use Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR)

2003

In these years, ACOFOP seeks to broad its control over the chain of value, creating FORESCOM

2006

Guatecarbon is created, a pioneer program at a global level and central to Guatemala’s strategy to fight climate change

2010

ACOFOP evolves from an organization that carries out forest management towards Territorial Governance, facing the multiple threats that affect the MBR. ACOFOP achieves zero forest fires in the areas under its control

2012

The international emission reduction certification of the Voluntary Carbon Standard is obtained

2020

ACOFOP achieves a rate of forest fires of around 0%, and a deforestation rate of 0.4%. The Community Forestry Model is recognized internationally, but despite the noticeable achievements, this model does not have legal certainty to guarantee the sustainable management of the RBM in the years to come

2022

The first Community Forest Concession of Petén will expire.

ASSOCIATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS THAT
CONFORM ACOFOP

ORGANIZACIÓN MANEJO
Y CONSERVACIÓN (OMYC)
UAXACTÚN, FLORES,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL
IMPULSORES SUCHITECO
MELCHOR DE MENCOS,
PETÉN

ASOCIACIÓN FORESTAL
INTEGRAL
SAN ANDRÉS,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL
CUSTODIOS DE LA SELVA
MELCHOR DE MENCOS,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL
ÁRBOL VERDE
IXLÚ, FLORES,
PETÉN

RED FORESTANDO
CHACHACHUM S. A.
SAN FRANCISCO,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL SELVA MAYA
DEL NORTE
SAN ANDRÉS,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL
EL ESFUERZO
MELCHOR DE MENCOS,
PETÉN

ASOCIACIÓN FORESTAL
INTEGRAL
SAN ANDRÉS,
PETÉN

COOPERATIVA CARMELA
SAN ANDRÉS,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL LABORANTES
DEL BOSQUE,
MELCHOR DE MENCOS,
PETÉN

SOCIEDAD CIVIL
AMIGOS DEL BOSQUE
MELCHOR DE MENCOS,
PETÉN

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE
AND FOREST CONSERVATION

We manage forests in a sustainable manner through a Community Forestry Model that generates environmental and social benefits

The Petén Community Forestry Model is recognized worldwide for promoting biodiversity and forest conservation while strengthening the sustainable development of communities.

Since we manage 70% of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, we implement a model of sustainable forest management that allows us to preserve them and obtain various derivative products that are sold nationally and internationally. These products include: a) certified wood and b) added-value byproducts such as xate palm, pepper, Ramón seed and apiculture products. Additionally, taking advantage of the beauty and cultural richness of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, community tourism services are also offered.

All economic activities carried out comply with the parameters stipulated in the FSC certification.

The income received from productive activities is reinvested in infrastructure, health, education and monitoring and control, which guarantee the protection of forests, biodiversity and the architectural and cultural heritage of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Our most important achievements are the reduction of forest fire and deforestation rates. In our action ratio the fire rate is around 0% and deforestation is less than 1%.

Thanks to our work, this model has managed to keep the forest standing and has been recognized internationally as a sustainable solution that can be replicated throughout the region.

CERTIFICATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ACOFOP is certified internationally by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guaranteen the sustainability of its activities

ACOFOP’s community management units are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Rainforest Alliance, these certifications have been granted due to the high environmental standards with which we manage the forests.

The FSC is an international non-profit organization that sets the global standards on what is a forest managed in a responsible manner, both environmentally and socially. Learn more about FSC here

ACOFOP invests resources, work and technology to maintain its certifications, always seeking the constant improvement of the quality of life of the communities and the social, ecological, economic and political sustainability of the Multiple Use Zone and the Maya Biosphere Reserve .

The economic resources generated from sustainable forest management are reinvested in the construction of classrooms, stock exchanges, teacher payments, contract of minimum health units and other basic services for the communities.

ACOFOP’s achievements have led to a series of recognitions both nationally and internationally, among which the following stand out:

ANONYMOUS HERO

granted by the System
of United Nations
in Guatemala

NATIONAL
GEOGRAPHIC

recognition for his
leadership in conservation
in Latin America.

Prize "PROJECT
FROM THE MARKET
Innovations
of the cigar"

(the 16 world centers of agricultural
scientific research, livestock and
fishing)

Recognition
of the acicafoc

Indigenous coordinating Association
and agroforestry peasant Central
American Community for the
contribution to the organizational
process of the Community Agroforestry,
in the access, use and management of 
of Natural Resources in Central America.