Origin and Mission

Founded in 1998, AMBIO is a civil society organization, a pioneer in the design and execution of strategies aimed at promoting rural development under a scheme of comprehensive and sustainable management of natural resources, as well as low carbon emissions. The above in order to generate well-being in the rural communities of southern Mexico, as well as contribute to their adaptation to cope with climate change.

Scolel'te Program and the Carbon Bonuses

AMBIO is the organization responsible for the execution of the Scolel'te Program, which is a payment scheme for environmental services and sustainable forest management that has been in operation since 1997, through which peasant and indigenous communities diversify their income by participating in the program. international carbon bond market. The experience generated by AMBIO through the Scolel'te Program has been the basis for the subsequent development of the certification standard of the Plan Vivo carbon bonds, which to date brings together 15 sustainable forest management projects in countries in the process of development.

AMBIO Activities

Among the first projects, along with reforestation and carbon capture activities, the implementation of inter-institutional strategies for the prevention of forest fires stands out, as well as a work scheme for mitigation of climate change in the state of Chiapas.

Likewise, AMBIO has launched various actions aimed at promoting the development of low emissions in rural communities of Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as better agricultural and livestock practices, the revaluation of local species, environmental awareness and low-impact productive activities. environmental.


AMBIO has valuable experience in the execution of International Cooperation funds, coming from European Union and United States organizations, such as the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Environment Facility (CI-GEF),   the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as other national and international civil society organizations, not to mention a long list of companies and institutions that have joined these.

Work areas

Over the years, new work areas have been incorporated. Until the year 2000, the activities were concentrated in the Northern Jungle of Chiapas and in the Border Zone.

Currently, the areas and number of communities participating in our actions have been expanded, adding more than 90 indigenous and peasant communities, distributed in the Chol, Selva, Meseta Central, Tseltal, Zoque, Sierra Madre de Chiapas Regions, as well as work in areas of Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Lacandona Community, El Ocote Forest Biosphere Reserve and on the Usumacinta River bank, in Tabasco.

Inter-institutional work

Thanks to the extensive experience of AMBIO and the Scolel'te Program, we participate in various Consultative Committees at the national and state levels. From 2011 to 2013, AMBIO presided over the work of the REDD + Technical Advisory Committee of the state of Chiapas,   also part of the Working Group for the National Strategy for REDD +, the National Forestry Council, the Resilient Mexico Alliance, as well as the Technical Advisory Councils on Environment and Climate Change of the State of Chiapas and as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), region in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

In 2013, AMBIO received the National Merit Award for the social sector awarded by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), for its trajectory in forest development actions in support of rural communities.


AMBIO throughout these years has received national and international recognition for its work. In 2010, the Scolel'te Program, executed by this Cooperative, was selected as one of the 25 best social initiatives in our country in the Iniciativa México program. In 2012 the organization was finalists of the Equatorial Prize, awarded by the United Nations Development Program, while in 2013 it was awarded the National Prize for Forest Merit, awarded by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR).

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