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The Selva Maya
Conservation Timber

June 15-16, 2023

Tulum, Mexico

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The Selva Maya Conservation Timber Summit will bring diverse stakeholders together to reinvent a resilient value chain that connects the rapidly developing regional real estate sector with the ejidos community-based conservation system. A new mutually-beneficial conservation timber value chain will demonstrate that private sector investment can share the mission and benefit of tropical forests conservation. Representatives from 11 key ejidos, developers, government, and a range of NGOs will collaborate, sign contracts and strengthen strategic alliances that become the building blocks of sustainable development in the Selva Maya.

Day one will begin with suite of activities meant to inform and deepen relationships while experiencing the natural and cultural landscape. A networking brunch will introduce participants through informal team-building activities. A short introductory panel will co-define the concept of "conservation timber", followed by collective visioning and micro workshops that allow participants co-create the systems map of a new value chain. 

On the second day participants will engage in sector roundtables and organization speed dating and to explore potential business partnerships and agreements. Youth representative from several of the ejidos will have a chance to present their visions for the future.  The event will conclude with a dinner including awards, announcements, short talks and entertainment. As an option for the third day, participants will be invited to visit a local ejido. Or the longer Selva Maya Conservation Timber Tour.

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The Context

The forests of the southeastern region of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize make up the Selva Maya, the largest tropical rainforest north of the Amazon. This tropical rainforest is internationally recognized for its forest management that is carried out at the community level, from ejidos in Mexico to forest concessions in Guatemala. Furthermore, Selva Maya is home to vast amounts of biodiversity, carbon storage and the livelihoods and culture of thousands of local and indigenous communities. It is also the location of some of the world’s most valuable archaeological sites.


Ongoing development in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera will continue to invest in and reshape the region with new hotels, apartment developments, and amenities for tourists. Meanwhile the vast tropical forest landscape (Selva Maya Mexico), just inland from the coast, remains threatened by socio-economic, political, and cultural factors. One of the proven conservation strategies in this region is the ejido system which empowers local communities to maintain the land they have been provided to manage, in turn providing sustainable livelihoods while conserving large areas of forest. 


In addition, Selva Maya tropical timber community enterprises have suffered from lack of visibility to equitable market pricing for timber. It is critical that this gap be reduced, and our forest community partners are equipped to supply the global tropical timber markets and collaborate at a regional level to strengthen their technical, business and trading capacities.


By linking the private sector, government agencies and non-governmental organizations with the ejido conservation system in a mutually beneficial manner, we aim to show that private sector investment can share the mission and benefit of local conservation. We aim to facilitate and de-risk economic links between ejidos and private sector by providing tropical timber that will benefit their business models. The result will be stronger “brand experience” offerings for the private sector and financial resources for conservation businesses. An additional outcome will be thousands of hectares of forests conserved through the community businesses.


Municipalities can source "conservation timber" from local ejidos to fulfil their climate and sustainability goals. Benches, boardwalks and bridges are good examples of city infrastructure that require durable wood in public spaces.

Join us in person

There is no registration fee to attend this event. Spaces are limited and we encourage those who would like to participate reach out to us immediately with a description of your interest and we will follow up with registration information and travel logistics.

Sponsor this event

This event is co-financed by diverse organizations, big  and small, with a common mission to conserve tropical forests. We invite all of those attending, and working in this domain, to support this gathering of leaders shaping the future of the Selva Maya forest. We are excited to offer sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels. Sponsorships will help pay for: event costs, accommodation and travel for Ejidos’ delegations, and support our Youth Visioning Workshops in the ejidos. To sponsor, please follow this link or reach out to us directly for more information.

Who is this event for?

1. Tropical timber buyers and specifiers

Regional and international developers, designers, builders, and other timber buyers interested in sourcing conservation timber from government approved and NGO supported community forest management units.

2. Ejidos 

Community managed ejidos with approved Forest Management Programmes and capacity to supply timber at different points in the value chain.

3. Investors

Investors who are interested in further developing tropical conservation timber community enterprises in the Yucatan Peninsula.

4. NGOs

NGOs currently working with forest conservation and communities and that trade tropical timber in the Yucatan Peninsula aimed at strengthening local capacity and conservation outcomes.

5. Local government

Government representatives working with ejidos on issues such as: timber trade regulations, forest management regulations, financing, and government funding opportunities.

6. Other organisations

Those interested in furthering sustainable forest management and value chain development through public policy, financing and funding, investment, capacity building and access to global markets.

 Attendees Include:

Ejido Nuevo Becal (Source: Rainforest Alliance)

Ejido Dziuché • Ejido La Esperanza
Ejido Noh Bec • Ejido Nuevo Becal
Ejido Caoba • Ejido Lázaro Cárdenas
Felipe Carrillo Puerto • Ejido Petcacab
Gral. Álvaro Obregón • X-Hazil y Anexos
Silva Maya Regiser

Contact Information

To reach us with any questions regarding the event, please send your email to

Sponsorship Levels

with commensurate recognition

Jaguar Sponsor $5,000 - $10,000 USD 

Macaw Sponsor $1,000-$5,000 USD 

Peccary Sponsor $500 - $1000 USD 

We welcome other sponsorship offers to support this event!

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