Regenerating forests and farmland in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda

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23 April 2018

Forests cover more than a third of Mexico. They provide important cultural and ecological benefits and contain a tenth of the world’s biodiversity. They are also the main source of subsistence and commercial opportunity for the local communities that own them. Between 1990 and 2005, Mexico lost about 7% of its forest cover (about 4.7 million hectares) as forests were converted to agricultural and livestock activities.

Land dedicated primarily to livestock production covers a similar area. When managed improperly, this land creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the livestock themselves, as well as from the degradation of soil. With regenerative land management, however, grazing lands can be made more profitable and can become important sources of GHG emission reductions. 

The methodologies developed through the project to monitor carbon sequestration (the capture and storage of carbon dioxide) in forests and soils and the tools for adaptation can be applied to other states in Mexico and internationally and are available upon request. 

The case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption at the state and regional level. See more case studies in our interactive map.

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