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YAXCHILÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Developing a comprehensive management plan at Yaxchilán

YAXCHILÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Chiapas, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

Yaxchilán is located on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, sandwiched between the Usumacinta River and the Lacandon Forest, and across the river from another ancient Maya city, Piedras Negras, in Guatemala. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia INAH and the Commission for Protected Areas CONAMP, collaborated on the development a site redevelopment plan within a comprehensive management plan for Yaxchilán. The project began in 2001 and the nature conservation portion of the plan was completed and turned into law in 2011. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The excavation and evaluation of Yaxchilán has led to a greater understanding of Maya civilization and the comprehensive management plan for the site is a good example for developing and promoting eco-tourism. Community involvement and representation is integral to the security and maintenance of the site, so the project includes training for local authorities to ensure proper management. (...)