After the national health contingency derived from COVID19, the AMBIO Cooperative has developed strategies to strengthen community work. With the support of US Forest Service, a proposal has been launched to promote community participation for the conservation of the palm for food use and sale, known as Chapaya (Astrocaryum mexicanum).
This is a species that represents an important source of economic incomes in the area of El Ocote Biosphere Reserve (REBISO), which has resulted in its over-exploitation. To mitigate the impact of the irrational use of this palm, AMBIO's proposal seeks to contribute to the strengthening of community participation for its conservation, as well as the maintenance of the undergrowth, which is necessary for its development.
The work began with the presentation of the proposal to the participating communities. It has a total of 5 mixed work groups, distributed in the ejidos: San Joaquín El Rosario, San Joaquín, Nuevo San Juan Chamula, Veinte Casas (all in the municipality of Ocozocoautla), as well as the community of San Martin (in the Berriozábal municipality).
It seeks the establishment of a demonstration plot by ejido, to carry out actions for seed collection, scarification, establishment of a community nursery, in addition to creating a plot with a system enriched by local species of equal importance. The proposal has a production potential of 600 plants and has 40 beneficiaries.