The Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), scientific research institution and public charity formed in January, 1996 (Federal I.D. #82-0486235) and is under statutes 509 (a) (1) of the IRS code. The primary functions of FARES are to conduct scientific research on ancient and contemporary societies and associated environments, and utilize this research for development, conservation, and educational programs. FARES is currently working in northern Guatemala in close collaboration with the government of Guatemala and numerous prestigious foundations, individuals, and institutions from throughout the world. The principal objectives are:
- Scientific, multi-disciplinary, archaeological research and environmental studies in the Mirador-Calakmul Basin area of northern Guatemala. FARES sponsors and executes the research and conservation programs in the Mirador Basin Project which is currently exploring the origins, dynamics, and demise of early Maya civilization.
- The preservation of the tropical rainforests in northern Guatemala and the Mesoamerican Lowlands. The forests in this region are highly threatened, but can provide new economic benefits for communities and the Republic of Guatemala through the establishment of world class archaeological and natural preserves. FARES is assisting the government of Guatemala in the improvement of a vast conservation system in northern Guatemala which will have long-term preservation and development benefits.
- Establishment of educational and career development programs for impoverished indigenous communities surrounding the Mirador Basin dealing with health, general education, agricultural improvements, eco-tourism, financial management, reforestation, literacy, wilderness and cultural site management.
This comprehensive developmental approach will assist in the formation of a strong, multi-disciplinary, and systematic effort to understanding human behavior and cultural relationships to the environment from both an ancient and contemporary perspective. FARES seeks to establish sustainable conservation measures for culture and nature.