The Asociación Bio-Itzá is an indigenous organization of the Maya-Itzá people, located in the Municipality of San José and the Department of Petén in northern Guatemala, which works to involve local communities and incorporate Mayan cultural traditions in the conservation of regional biodiversity. The BioItzá Association was created by a group of Itzá residents in San José, Petén whose primary objective was to rescue the Itzá culture. Since the Itzá worldview is intimately linked to the natural resources found in the jungles of Petén, they set their sights on finding a way to protect these resources.
The Association's mission is to promote the welfare of its members and thus the larger Itza community through the sustainable use of natural resources, the preservation of its community reserve, and the protection of their cultural identity which is unique in Guatemala. The Association’s larger goal is to conserve the natural and cultural resources of the Maya-Itzá community from a local perspective and using a regional approach. The vision of the BioItzá Reserve is to serve as a model of community management that integrates the conservation of the ecosystem of Peten, and the Maya-Itza culture, through the concepts of sustainable development and community participation.