Indigenous-led Ecosystem Restoration in Mexico

The Project

Grow Ahead is partnering with the Communal Assets of the Lacandona Zone (BCZL), an organization made up of Indigenous people descended from the Lacandona, Ch'ol, Tsotsil and Tzeltal Mayans located in the Selva Lacandona (Lacandona Jungle) in Chiapas, Mexico. The Nueva Palestina community, and much of the surrounding area, is being impacted by water scarcity due to deforestation. The project aims to plant 25,000 trees, focusing on using traditional Mayan agroforestry systems, to boost biodiversity, support soil health and restore freshwater to the lagoons, rivers and springs of the Yaxal Lum K'inal or the Lacandona Jungle.