Note: for more information on the Mexican government’s plans for protecting forests–including evicting Indigenous communities–see our articles about the REDD project planned in the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico. Just click here
–The GJEP Team
Source: Latin America Herald-Tribune
There are areas in Mexico where it has not rained since September, causing wildfires in states like Coahuila, where 193,000 hectares (476,543 acres) burned between March and April.
About 13 percent of Mexico’s territory, or nearly 25.5 million hectares (some 63 million acres), have been turned into protected areas, Calderon said.
Mexico is making progress in protecting its forests, with the area lost annually dropping from 355,000 hectares (876,543 acres) between 1990 and 2000 to 155,000 hectares (382,716 acres) annually between 2005 and 2010, the president said.
“I expect there will come a day when we not only protect and prevent the loss of even one hectare of forest, but we begin to increase the forested surface of the country once again, when we reach the rate of zero deforestation,” Calderon said.
Forest fires and loss of trees are among the leading sources of CO2 emissions, which are blamed for global warming, the president said.
The government has set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 51 million tons by 2012 and mitigating 25.7 million tons by the same year, Calderon said. EFE