WHO WE ARE
Kaknab is the short form of "k'aa'naab," the Yucateco Maya 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 culture 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 natural hazards. Kaknab is a non-profit dedicated to protect our ocean and our culture. We understand that marine resources 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. To learn more about our projects and resources visit PROJECTS.
KAKNAB'S PROJECTS & INITIATIVES AIM TO:
The ocean stirs the HEART, inspires the imagination and brings ETERNAL JOY to the soul. " Wyland
OUR PRESENCE WORLDWIDE
We are actively engaged in many community projects with various fishing communities and tribes. Our strong presence are in the states of California, Hawaii and Arkansas. Our international collaborations are in the countries of Guatemala and in the coast of Veracruz, Mexico. We are continuing our efforts and collaborations to unite various organizations and projects with a similar goal and mission.