Ana Marìa Castañeda Diego
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Ana is indigenous Maya Q’anjob’al from Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango in Guatemala, where there is an ancient tradition of managing and planting forests. Santa Eulalia is part of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America and a region covered in pine-oak forests. An estimated seven million indigenous Maya live across Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras; Q’anjob’al refers both to a group of Mayan indigenous peoples and to a language with approximately 77,000 speakers. Ana Maria is a member of National Alliance of Community Forest Organizations of Guatemala (ANOFC). ANOFC represents 11 regional community forestry organizations that together involve more than 50,000 indigenous and community families in 250 local organizations collectively managing more than 427,000 ha of forest and communal lands.