Conservation actions by women of the Ejido Veinte Casas, Ocozocoautla

The Ejido Veinte Casas of the Municipality of Ocozocoautla has carried out a restoration work of acahuales and plots enrichment, with the planting of the chapaya palm (Astrocaryum mexicanum), through a project financed by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and the AMBIO support in the operation.

Chapaya is a native palm of this municipality and its flower is highly appreciated for local consumption and it's trade at the regional level. Through a study carried out in 2011, the trade potential of this palm was analyzed, with a collection capacity for the Ejido's families of up to 22,000 flowers.

The first phase of the project lasted 4 years. As a result, AMBIO and the ejido generated experience for the reproduction and care of the chapaya, leaving a precedent for future implementations.


For 2015, the Biosphere Reserve El Ocote Jungle approved a second project for the production of chapaya in the Ejido. This was attended by 30 people, of which 23 were women and 7 were men.

In the activities developed, the working group (women and men) participated in filling bags, sowing the seeds, watering and caring for the plants. They also contributed to the cleaning of the space where the nursery was established and participated in the installation of the fence for the protection of the plants. The seed collection was carried out within the conservation area.

The project has worked with 70 people of the Ejido, there have been about 20,000 plants of Chapaya, of which, most have been used for restoration of the acahuales, and another proportion of these, have been sold to local nurseries.

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