Agroforestry systems are a sustainable alternative to intensive agriculture, which include both trees and agricultural crops growing on the same site. This allows profitable and permanent productive activity, while preserving and recovering forest areas.

Shade-grown coffee and parlor palm (Chamaedorea spp.) crops are both good examples of agroforestry projects that we promote in various areas throughout Mexico. Because these high market-value products both need the shade of trees to grow properly, their cultivation encourages forest conservation and recovery as part of productive activities.

These systems allow communities to keep a permanent profitable productive activity, while maintaining both the health and beauty of the natural environment that surrounds them.


These photographs show productive restoration through agroforestry projects in the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve. This work was carried out as part of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain Environmental Restoration project.