Notice: wpdb::prepare was called incorrectly. The query does not contain the correct number of placeholders (2) for the number of arguments passed (3). Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 4.8.3.) in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 4055
The Mayan Forest | Chicza

The Mayan Forest


Notice: Undefined variable: post in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 570

Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 570

What is the importance and social/environmental meaning of the gum leverage?

In the Mayan Forest—the second largest one in the American continent after Amazonian, the chicozapote is the most abundant tree, which produces the gum.

The chicozapote (Manilkara zapota) is native to the Atlantic forests of Nicaragua as well as the Gran Peten, which covers part of the Yucatan peninsula, Belize and Guatemala. It is the largest green forest in the American continent after the Amazonas. The zapote is one of the most common trees in these forests with a distribution of up to 30 units per hectare.

The most widely known and implemented solution to stop the destruction of tropical forests has been the creation of natural parks and reserve conservations. The more than 120 tree species in the Great Peten forest are only part of the cornucopia of raw materials offered by the forests. The Mayan natives know this potential and have used it for a long time; nowadays, when it comes to looking for a sustainable development, the new social stakeholders are in control of natural resources.

The distribution of the different tree species is not homogeneous within the Great Peten. In the Noh Bec ejido (land grant), for instance, the chicozapote tree represents 33 percent of the wood volume, and its strong domination is surely related to the protection of the species for the extraction of gum. The tzalam, which has reached a very high demand for the manufacturing of floors, represents 1.3 percent of the volume—a very similar figure to mahogany, which is the most important species from the commercial point of view.

Gum extraction is a very important and profitable activity for the people of the Great Peten. The chicleros have become rigorous guardians of the chicozapote tree and its ecological surroundings. Through the consumption of natural gum, they promote a sustainable extraction activity, which contributes to the preservation of forest that was once admired by the ancient Mayan civilization.

  • Crédito: Península de Yucatán / Modis
  • Crédito: 02.SelvaMaya2
  • Crédito: 03.NorthernMesoForestCover
  • Crédito: 04.FE026
  • Crédito: 05.Eccardi009Saraguato
  • Crédito: 06.ECCARDI7064saraguato
  • Crédito: 07.FEFAUMAMA00431
  • Crédito: 08.Eccardi00423ocelote
  • Crédito: 09.ECCARDI7273morpho
  • Crédito: 10.FEFAUBIRA00322
  • Crédito: 11.Eccardi018ZopiloteRey
  • Crédito: 12_FE00218
  • Crédito: 13_FE00426
  • Crédito: 15_FE01846


consorcio_chiclero Consorcio Chiclero, SC de RL
Independencia 15
77000 Chetumal, Quintana Roo
Mayan Rainforest Co Ltd
Units C&D Walton Avenue
Felixstowe, Suffolk
1P11 3HH United Kingdom