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Mexico promotes actions to reduce deforestation and strengthen sustainable development in the countryside

The Secretariats of Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Natural Resources and Conafor signed an agreement to execute programs and projects under criteria of sustainability and conservation of natural resources.


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The Secretariats of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Environment of Mexico and the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) signed a specific collaboration agreement that provides for a series of actions and measures aimed at guaranteeing a healthy environment in Mexico and strengthening the sustainable development of the countryside.

In the country, the national field represents the livelihood of millions of Mexican families that satisfy the demand for food for urban areas.

The agreement considers tasks of conservation, protection and rational use of forest resources, which in turn contribute to mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

It also contributes to the fulfillment of the objectives of the Sustainable Rural Development laws, the General of Sustainable Forest Development and the General of Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

A first step to achieve a balance between the sustainable production of food in the Mexican countryside and the conservation of ecosystems is to achieve a territorial coordination of public policies and support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Conafor.

To achieve the objectives, Agriculture, Environment and Conafor will execute productive programs or projects under criteria of protection of natural resources and biodiversity, particularly in places with a special category of protection.

Among the activities considered are:
  • Stabilize the agricultural frontier with the forestry one.
  • Develop actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change in rural areas with the implementation of the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (ENAREDD).
  • Conserve and restore forest soils and ecosystems to ensure food, water and the reduction of risks of landslides, floods and erosion.
  • Fire management: A review of the regulations will be sought to temporarily restrict the use of fire in critical periods of low water and share information on agricultural burning, among others.
  • Attention to forest pests and diseases with protocols and action plans that include monitoring, phytosanitary treatments and control.
  • Attention to arid and semi-arid areas. This ecosystem occupies more than 50 percent of the forest territory in Mexico and its vegetation is one of the most productive in the country; for this reason, the special topic for sustainable development in these regions will be addressed and with the corresponding participation of the National Commission for Arid Zones to promote the production of non-timber forest resources and special projects for indigenous peoples, women and youth, among others .
  • Integrated Territory Management. With regulation of livestock in forest lands and areas with sustainable forest management that help to organize the territory.
  • Forest research, in order to collaborate with the National Forest Research and Technological Development Program, with the corresponding participation of the National Institute of Forest, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP).
  • Training in rural accompaniment. Take advantage of the knowledge of technical personnel from rural areas to care for the country's agricultural, livestock and forestry producers.

The signed document is valid until September 30, 2024 and was signed by the Undersecretaries for Planning and Environmental Policy of the Ministry of the Environment, Arturo Argueta Villamar, and Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Miguel García Winder, and the director General of the Conafor, León Jorge Castaños Martínez.

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