Library and Lecture Hall: To help Honduran and international scholars collaborate on Copan research, we have established a Mesoamerican library at the Copan Association’s Offices in Copan, Honduras. It has served as a tremendous resource to the many scholars who work toward understanding our ancient Maya past. The books must remain in the library however facilities are available where scholars can work work.
Training Seminars: The guides at the ancient site of Copan, who include descendants of the ancient Maya, the modern Ch’orti’, greatly benefit from continuing education. These training seminars provide a vehicle for scholars to offer their knowledge to the public through the “mouthpiece” of local guides. Training seminars are ongoing throughout the year.
Reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw into the Valley of Copan where it once flew freely: The Copan Association along with Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve are currently working in tandem to reintroduce the Scarlet Macaw back into the Valley of Copan where it once flew freely. The project begun in 2011 is in its fifth year and is deemed one of the most successful release programs in the world by the World Parrot Trust. It received second place for the Premio Nacional del Ambiente XV Edicion in 2013 and as of 2016 over 6000 children had received the conservation course and participated in classroom activities. This has made a huge impact on the free flying population and none of the Scarlet Macaws released into the valley has ever been captured or sold. The educational component of this conservation project has been totally funded by the Copan Maya Foundation since the project began in 2011.
Environmental Planning: An environmental plan will ensure a balanced and logical approach to land, animal and water use in the valley. Reflecting input from local residents, farmers and business people as well as archaeologists, geologists, engineers, ecologists, botanists and watershed master planners, this document and its implementation are essential for this region in the next decade.