Yaxcabá: Puppet theatre as an environmental strategy in remote communities

Publié: 08 juillet 2020
Dernière modification: 07 août 2020
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Young people in the rural areas of El Triunfo do not have real opportunities for development, and most of them migrate or start a family at an early age. These communities, as they are located within a biosphere reserve, are visited by environmental education groups, generally from the city of Tuxtla, with high transportation and logistics costs. The YAXCABÁ Group is an alternative to the two challenges mentioned; on the one hand, it is a local group of young people who, through puppet theatre, produce environmental education works and bring conservation stories to children and adults in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in an efficient and effective way; and on the other hand, they provide a development alternative for creative young people in the region.


Yaxcabá is a clear example of how a group of young people have succeeded in transforming themselves, overcoming obstacles, and through theatre and entertainment, mobilizing people and changing behaviour to preserve one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.


Amérique du Nord
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Forêt de conifères tropicaux
Écosystèmes forestiers
Connaissances traditionnelles
Sensibilisation et communications
Non classé
environmental education
youth entrepreneurship
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Chômage / pauvreté
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 4 - Éducation de qualité
ODD 5 - Égalité entre les sexes
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 11: Aires protégées
Objectif 12: Réduction du risque d'extinction
Approches pour l’engagement des entreprises
Engagement direct avec des associations


Montecristo de Guerrero, Chiapas
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  1. Young people are among the most vulnerable populations in rural communities in protected areas, because they have no land and have no opportunities for development.  Most of them migrate to cities or to the U.S.A, risking their lives in the process. Girls who stay behind get pregnant at a very young age (13 or 14) and this accelerates the cycle of poverty. There is a lot of talent in young people and a great desire to contribute to the welfare of their community and the natural protected area where they live, but they do not have the skills or opportunities to do so.
  2. Environmental education in the communities within a natural protected area is one of the primary activities to ensure the conservation of the site. However, in the case of El Triunfo, this activity involves a very high cost because it is not easy to access the 34 communities that live in the reserve, especially if those who carry out activities come from the state capital.


  • 5 young self-employed members of Yaxcabá.
  • More than 2,000 children who have received a conservation message.
  • More than 100 children with access to a library.

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

El liderazgo y las capacitaciones permiten que los jóvenes puedan desarrollar obras atractivas que a su vez se pueden ofrecer a diferentes organizaciones quienes pagan por ese servicio. Los recursos generados sirven para continuar creciendo tanto en habilidades como en infraestructura y así poder llegar a más comunidades. 


Les impacts positifs

  • 5 young self-employed members of Yaxcabá.
  • More than 2,000 children who have received a conservation message.
  • More than 100 children with access to a library.




One way or another, all of us can make a contribution. For Sandra Anahí Perez, this is key. She is a young person who despite her impoverished state and the few opportunities she had, has fortunately managed to live within the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, the most enchanting forest in the world. This love for the location in which she lives is shown and communicated by here every day.


She belongs to the Yaxcabá group, who through a puppet theatre relays a message of love of nature. People are made to reflect through the laughter and stories of their theatrical works. After just three years, their performances have reached over 2,000 children in the most remote communities of the Sierra de Chiapas.


Sandra and her Yaxcabá group are a clear example of love for nature and of #NatureForAll, a global movement whose mission is to inspire love for nature.

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#NatureForAll IUCN #NatureForAll

Soumise par

Sandra Anahí Perez