El Eden is the first private ecological reserve devoted to biodiversity conservation and research in Mexico. It was founded in 1993 by a small group of conservationists, headed by Dr. Arturo Gomez-Pompa who invested their own resources to acquire a property in the wetlands and forests of northern Quintana Roo.


  • To identify, protect and preserve high-priority ecosystems.

  • To develop models and options for biodiversity management.

  • To provide an adequate space and infrastructure devoted to research.

  • To promote private participation in nature conservation by setting an example.

  • To establish a collaboration and supportive relationship between education and research institutions.

The operation of the facilities of El Eden is financed by contributions of its members and friends and income from the lodging activities and an incipient ecotourism project. There is a close collaboration with the University of California Riverside, and Mexican education institutions to implement a long-term collaborative research and education program in biodiversity conservation. El Eden has several on-going research projects funded by agencies such as the US National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture on topics such as ecological restoration and bioprospecting. El Eden Reserve is a pilot project of the Tropical Forest Program of the Government of Mexico and is a member of the new LTER (long-term ecological research stations sponsored by NSF) research network of Mexico.

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