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

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 Reserve in the years to come

2022

The first Community Forest Concession of Petén will expire

ASSOCIATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS THAT
CONFORM ACOFOP

Cooperativa Carmelita
San Andrés
Petén
Organización Manejo
Y Conservación (OMYC)
Uaxactún, Flores,
Petén
Sociedad Civil
Impulsores Suchiteco
Melchor de mencos,
Petén
Sociedad Civil
San Andrés (Afisap)
San Andrés
Petén
Sociedad Civil
Custodios de la selva
Melchor de mencos,
Petén
Sociedad Civil
Árbol Verde
Ixlú, Flores,
Petén
Red Forestando
Chachaklum
San Francisco,
Petén
Sociedad Civil Selva Maya
Del norte
Melchor de Mencos,
Petén
Sociedad Civil
El esfuerzo
Melchor de Mencos,
Petén
Asociación Forestal
Integral Cruce a la Colorada
San Ándres,
Petén
Cooperativa la Técnica
Melchor de mencos,
Petén
Cooperativa la Lucha
Las Cruces,
Petén
Cooperativa los laureles
Las Cruces,
Petén
Sociedad Civil Laborantes
Del bosque
Melchor de Mencos,
Petén
Sociedad Civil
Amigos del Bosque
Melchor de Mencos,
Petén
Cooperativa unión Mata Itzá
Las Cruces,
Petén
Asociación Muralla de León (AMUL)
Flores,
Petén
Asociación Bio-Itza
San José,
Petén
Asociación Civil Frente Petenero
Santa Elena,
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.

Certificate of Excellence
Equator initiative

of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the Conservation of Biodiversity and the Reduction of Poverty. Given in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 2002

National Forest Prize

The National Forests Institute of Guatemala (INAB) awards it to ACOFOP, for the achievements obtained at the international level in favor of forest development in Guatemala. 2002

Recognition of the
United states of
America Embassy

through USAID, for the efforts made in the fight against forest fires. 2003

Environmental Torch
Prize

from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for Latin American leadership in environmental issues. 2006

The Environmental
Presidential Medal
of 2003

The Government of Guatemala awards ACOFOP the Environment Presidential Medal of 2003, for various achievements related to the conservation of the Multiple Use Zone of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve

Sustainable Standart-
Setter Prize

Rainforest Alliance recognizes the work of ACOFOP in relation to the protection of biodiversity through the participation of the community organization. 2007

The Guatemalan
Ministry of Agriculture,
livestock and food

through the Vice Ministry in Charge of Petén Affairs, recognizes ACOFOP for its invaluable dedication, commitment, effort and close collaboration in the productive development of the Petén Department. 2015

The Forest Stewardship
Council and the
National Council
of Satandars

Recognition from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the National Council of Standards of Sustainable Forest Management for Guatemala (CONESFORGUA) for various achievements and the use of the International Forest Certification as a mechanism for the conservation of the forests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. 2016

Mexican Network
of farmer forestry
Organizations

Recognition from the Mexican Network of Farmer Forestry Organizations (Red MOCAF) for the success achieved in the Forestry Development of Guatemala. 2017

More than 20
international awards
to Macedonio Cortave

More than 20 international awards to the leader of the concession process, Macedonio Cortave, including an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, in recognition for the promotion of the integral management model of natural resources and the conservation of the Maya Biosphere Reserve

 

Second Place in the
landscape award

from the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn. 2018

Recognition from the Government of Guatemala

in representation of the “Petén Community Forest Model” on the 30th Anniversary of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. 2019