Who We Are
Kaknab is the short form of "k'aa'naab," the Yucateco Mayan word for ocean (reserving the word Mayan for the language and the word Maya for the people and their culture). Our mission is to implement community-based solutions that will reduce the negative impacts environmental problems have on the ocean and the cultures it sustains. Through an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account the identity, traditions, socioeconomic and environment coastal indigenous communities thrive in, we create educational and conservational projects that help reduce the problems these communities are facing. We work together with community leaders, fishermen, and volunteers to address the problems caused by overfishing, lack of sustainable fishing equipment and pollution. Kaknab is a non-profit dedicated to protecting our ocean and the cultures that depend on it. We understand that marine resources help alleviate poverty in many countries and our overall vision is to restore healthy oceans and coasts through conservation utilizing indigenous resource management practices and values. We take pride in our diverse background and indigenous principles that led to the establishment of Kaknab.
What We Do
We aim to implement community-based solutions that will alleviate the problems the people who live off the ocean are facing through education and conservation. The relationships we have with the communities we help are important in maintaining our ties to the people, who are also dedicated to making a difference in their communities. We work closely with indigenous coastal tribes, fisheries cooperatives and other organizations who share a similar mission to Kaknab. To learn more about our projects and resources visit our PROJECTS page.
Projects that impact the world
The REAL cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. " Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer