WHY WE NEED TO ACT
The forests of Mexico and Central America are among the most biologically diverse in the world, with almost 85 million hectares of natural pine and oak forests and tropical broadleaf forests along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Across the region, twelve million people live in forest communities. Such communities own over 60% of Mexico’s forests and they own or manage a large share of the forests of Central America.
Public policies in most tropical countries have often failed to effectively protect forests and biodiversity, respect the rights of forest dwellers, and provide them with adequate standards of living. Mexico and Central America, by contrast, has gone further than any other region in promoting a diverse set of community forestry options that has great potential both for improving existing community forestry efforts and for disseminating the lessons to other regions to encourage forest emissions reductions and improved community rights in other tropical forest nations.