From Farmland to Forests Part III - Tziscao

Life happened, and between travelling, illness, and other projects I've been working on, I haven't had the time to complete part III of my series of my time with Cooperativa AMBIO in December. So instead of writing a full blog post for the last part, I've decided to do a photo essay with captions describing the trip to Tziscao, Chiapas to find out how locals are benefiting from transitioning their farmland to forests with the help of Cooperativa AMBIO.

Tziscao Lake, Chiapas
Margarito standing in his plot of forest just outside of Tziscao. Years ago this area burned in a wildfire. Instead of replanting all of the land with coffee or corn, as is very common in Mexico he decided to reforest this part of the plot
An example of planned land use. Coffee, corn and forest all share the same plot
Fungus grows on the forest floor, a sign of the biodiversity that reforestation provides
Margarito in his forest plot
The border between Guatemala and Mexico
Lesbia Solis Vasquez stands in her plot of forest on the border of Mexico and Guatemala. Originally this plot of land was a corn field. She reforested the hilly terrain by herself, leaving just a small patch of land to grow corn.
Looking down the international border between Mexico on the left and Guatemala on the right. In the right hand corner is a small coffee plantation, which can produce approximately 400kg of coffee beans a year. The farmers earn about 30 pesos ($1.60 USD) per kilogram of beans.
A simple cooking area inside a rural Guatemalan home
Alberto Morales Hernández discusses his hectare of forest on the shores of Tziscao Lake, Chiapas. This area is one of the most fragile and endangered ecosystems in Chiapas, and maintaining the forests is vital to the preservation of the rare and endangered species of flora and fauna in the area.
Alberto Morales Hernández walks through his plot of forest in Tziscao
Trees ready to be planted in Tziscao

Special thanks to Cooperativa Ambio for access and interviews. Find out more about Ambio and Scolel'te at http://ambio.org.mx/

For more information on the Plan Vivo Standard, visit http://www.planvivo.org/

Spanish to English translations provided by http://www.ccdtranslations.com/

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Mark Locki

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