Mission Dedicated to the conservation of the invaluable
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, CESiaK promotes greater
awareness of this unique area through education programs and
by modelling community-based, low-impact tourist activities.
Project Overview The Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an
(CESiaK) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created
in the spring of 1998. Its goals match those of UNESCO’s
"Man and the Biosphere" program. CESiaK focuses on environmental
education as a means to encourage local understanding and
support for the conservation of the Sian Ka'an Reserve. Over
750 local students in our program learn hands-on about their
surrounding environment in addition to working on projects
for its conservation. Our Ecological Center employs advanced
systems of alternative energy like solar arrays and wind generators.
It serves as an example of clean energy usage and information
source for those interested in such systems. Similarly, CESiaK’s
projects in residual water treatment and composting toilets
also serve as informative examples of environmental consciousness
for the Caribbean coast. Other projects include seasonal work
with other authorized organizations on a sea turtle protection
project that monitors populations during summer nesting times.
In addition, there are two working native plant nurseries,
one dedicated exclusively to coastal dune species (unique
in the area), both with the goal of reforestation of native
ecosystems. The internship program is geared toward students
and recent graduates in conservation related fields from both
Mexican and international universities who have an interest
in ongoing projects. CESiaK’s ecotours focus on appreciation
for the natural environment and strive to provide an informative
introduction to the Reserve.