Community production of the Chapaya palm in the Zoque Jungle- Sumidero Canyon Complex.

AMBIO and the United States Forest Service (US FOREST SERVICE), carry out a joint work to promote inclusive participation in actions for community benefit, through the execution of community nurseries for the cultivation of chapaya palm (Astrocaryum mexicanum, non-timber product of high socioeconomic value) in the Selva Zoque-Sumidero Canyon Complex.

This is part of the project "Initiatives for an Integrated, Legal and Inclusive Management of the Ecosystem in the Zoque Jungle-Sumidero Canyon Complex", which is being developed in the ejidos of San Joaquín, San Joaquín el Rosario, Veinte Casas, Nuevo San Juan Chamula, belonging to the municipality of Ocozocoautla, and in San Martin, from the municipality of Berriozábal.

AMBIO has worked with these communities in planning meetings and taking Agreements for the implementation of a community nursery for the production of Astrocaryum mexicanum, which will have a working period from March 2021-March 2022. To date, the working groups installed 5 rustic nurseries, adapting the space for the germination of seeds and cultivation of plants.

The establishment of the nurseries has had previous activities, such as: the cleaning of the land, adaptation of the shade mesh, as well as the collection of soil for the preparation of substrate. The bags were also sterilized to eliminate the presence of fungi.

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