Ejido Dziuché



By the Presidential Decree of July 22, 1936, the Ejido of Dziuché, located in the municipality of José María Morelos, in the territory of the Mayan community in the state of Quintana Roo, was granted land.


Since 2018, at the request of the ejidatarios of Dziuché, ProDESC began a legal accompaniment derived from the violation of agrarian rights and rights of indigenous peoples, after the attempted dispossession of the Chichankanab lagoon, an aquifer body of green and clear waters that has a diversity of flora and fauna, monoliths and other archaeological vestiges of the Mayan culture as are some buildings that continue to survive to this day.


The Dziuché Ejido operates its land management under the Environmental Management Unit and Payment for Environmental Services with strict rules agreed upon by its highest authority, including:


+ Forest harvesting on 5 thousand hectares.

+ Protection for more than 4 thousand hectares of jungle.

+ Administration of the entrance to the Chichankanab Lagoon.

+ Offering tourist services to visitors such as the use of palapas.



Its social property consists of 27,703 hectares, including the Chichankanab lagoon.


Tu lu’umil Dziuche’e’ yaan kex 7 u mejen kajtalil tu’ux kajakbal kex 3,611 máako’ob ka’anal u yicho’ob tumen maya máako’ob, leeyli’ u t’aniko’ob mayat’aane’, leeyli’ u meyajtiko’ob Ch’a’acháak yéetel waajil koole’. Tuláakal u kajnáalilo’ob, xiibo’ob yéetel xch’upo’ob,  ku táakpajalo’ob te’el k’iimbesaja’, yaan máax ts’ik u xkaaxil, sakan, che’ yéetel taak’in ti’al u beetchajal u píibil. Ku láaj ts’abal u t’aanil ti’ tuláakal u chan kaajil ti’al ka’aj taako’ob u jaanto’ob u k’óolil yéetel ka’ak táakpajako’ob ti’ tuláakal ba’ax ku beetchajali’ je’el bix le payalchi’ ti’ Yuum K’áaxo’, ti’ u tsa’ayal le u nalil koolo’ yéetel ti’ yuum Cháak.


U jeel meyaj ku beetiko’obe’ leti’ le u tsikiko’ob le sijnáalilo’, ku k’áatiko’ob ichil u payalchi’ob ti’ le Aluxo’ob u yuumilo’ob le k’áaxo’ wa je’el u cha’abal ti’ob u meyajtiko’ob le lu’umo’, tumen wa ma’ tu beetiko’ob beyo’ le Aluxo’obo’ ku pu’ujsiko’ob máak tumen u yuumilo’ob le kúuchilo’obo’.


Jats’uts jaylik u boonlil u lu’umil, tu paach u najilo’obe’ yaan paak’alo’ob ku yichaankilo’obi’ yéetel janabil xíiwo’ob, so’oyo’ob beeta’an yéetel kolóojche’.


In the territory of the Dziuché Ejido, there are 7 localities with a population of 3,611 inhabitants who are proud to be descendants of the Mayan culture, maintaining their language and ancestral traditions such as the Ch’a’aCháak, the petition to the god Chac to request rain at harvest time, through the collective “first fruits” of the people, a ceremony where men and women of the community collaborate, donating dough, chicken, wood and money to make the pibes, inviting the whole community to eat. Each family offers the individual “primicia” through the waajil koole’ at the end of the harvest.


Another of the inherited traditions is the respect to nature, asking permission through prayers and offerings to the Aluxo’ob, owners of the mountain for the use of their lands, since if not, the Aluxo’ob frighten the people to avoid their permanence in the sacred places. The offering is made on a milpa altar where pozole (pre-cooked dough dissolved in water) is placed.


The landscape is picturesque, the houses have in their backyard fruit trees with vegetables used by the housewives and fenced chicken coops of kolóoche’


Cronología de la defensa

La defensa en el tiempo

Protegiendo la laguna

Salvando la laguna

June 28, 2019

474 ejidatarios of Dziuché rejected the petition to turn over 14,026 hectares of their property to become a state Natural Protected Area. This petition was requested by representatives of the government of Quintana Roo, SEMA and Amigos de Sian Ka’an.

March 21, 2011

The government of Quintana Roo issued a decree declaring the Chichankanab lagoon system a protected natural area. 

The decree was published in the Periódico Oficial del Estado on April 1, 2011.

March 26, 2018

ProDESC began a process of legal accompaniment with the Dzuiché Ejido, filing a lawsuit for indirect protection against the acts depriving the ejido of its property by the decree issued in 2011.

July 24, 2018

The Dziuché ejido and ProDESC obtained the provisional suspension of the decree declaring the Chichankanab lagoon system a natural protected area.

february 13, 2019

The ejido Dzuiché was granted a protective injunction to annul the decree that affects its lands.

September 10th, 2020

The government of the State of Quintana Roo published in the Periódico Oficial, the ruling that annulled the decree declaring the Chichankanab lagoon system a natural protected area.



The “creation” of this reserve was imposed on the ejido and the Mayan people, infringing on the agrarian rights of the owners of the land decreed as a natural protected area, as well as their rights as indigenous people.


By establishing a polygon within the Natural Protected Area, it officially seeks to preserve its great ecological value; however, it opens up the use and enjoyment of the administration and natural resources to third parties, such as companies or civil associations outside of the ejido, through agreements signed with the Secretary of Ecology and Environment (SEMA).


Since 2018 ProDESC has been accompanying the Dzuiché ejido by actively participating in the needs of the case.


    The Transnational Justice Coordination accompanied the legal process that led to the repeal of the natural protected area decree that was intended to affect the territory of the Dziuché ejido.


    The Coordination of Organizational Processes works with the community to protect the ejido's land and territory in the Chichankanab lagoon by strengthening collective structures.


    The Coordination of Strategic Communication accompanies the promotion of activities for the protection of the territory through didactic materials.