Due to the explosion of hotels in the Riviera Maya in recent years, the demand for chicozapote wood has grown exponentially. This wood is hard and water resistant, which is why it is used to build palapa stakes and jetty structures. The question is: is it better to build palapas and jetties or keep chicozapotes in the rainforest and harvest their latex sustainably?
Integrate conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources
The Chicle Consortium also seeks to promote the restoration of degraded areas, and together with CONAFOR (The National Forestry Commission), is producing hundreds of thousands of seedlings of quick growing native species, such as breadnut (Brosimum alicastrum), allspice (Pimenta dioica) and chicozapote (Manilkara zapota), to restore acahuales and abandoned agricultural areas.
The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is located in the heart of the Selva Maya , the second largest tropical forest on the American continent after the Amazon. The reserve constitutes the upper part of the backbone of the Yucatan Peninsula, reaching a height of 380 meters at its steepest point in the southeast.
The largest tropical forest reserve in Mexico
The magnificent archaeological sites of Becán, Chicaná, Calakmul and Balamkú, and the small remnants of Maya buildings and bottle-shaped cavities known as chultunes indicate the presence of the great Maya civilization that densely populated this region over a thousand years ago. In August 2014 “The Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forest of Calakmul” were declared Mixed Site and feature in the UNESCO World Heritage List.