Twenty years after the establishment of the first plots with agroforestry systems for carbon capture, the AMBIO Cooperative has carried out a field work with the objective to know about the current condition of the volumes of wood and their quality. The smallholders have also been interviewed to learn about their experiences in the management of agroforestry systems, as well as to know their expectations about wood.
This study was developed in the first months of this year, with the support of four community technicians and a student of the Agroforestry Engineering Degree. Information was collected in eleven communities of the municipalities of: Chilón, Salto de Agua, Palenque and Maravilla Tenejapa. In total, there were up to forty sampling sites, in forty plots, with three types of agroforestry systems. The different established agroforestry systems produce wood, but its spatial arrangement allows the diversification of the productive system in uses and management.
For this study on the quantity and quality of the wood, the Taungya, Improved Fallow and Shade-Grown Coffee systems were chosen. In each sampling site, the total tree height, commercial height and normal diameter were measured. With these data, the standing volume of wood that exists in the agroforestry systems will be calculated, and with this, options for the sustainable use of the resource will be explored, allowing the smallholders to diversify their incomes and improve their living conditions