Mexico leads world in forest protection: WB

11:01, January 01, 2011      

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Mexico now leads the world in sustainable management of forests, with the designation of more than 800,000 hectares of community forest, the World Bank (WB) said Friday.

The community forest management system gives land ownership to local villagers to prevent over-logging, create jobs for indigenous peoples and improve local governance.

The WB said in a statement that the community forest programs created between the WB and the Mexican government in the last 13 years have prevented the emigration of 6,204 peasants.

From 2004 to 2008, forestry jobs increased by 27 percent, and the net value of products and services from forest-related activities increased 36 percent.

The report also said the country has established 353 regulations and statutes for forest protection and 51 proposals for the payment of environmental services.

Another accomplishment is the strengthening of 41 associations and 179community forest companies. In addition, more than 1.78 million hectares are regulated by 274 community zoning plans.

A pilot plan was initiated by the WB and the Mexican government in 1997 based on the participation of indigenous peoples and respect for their traditions and values.

Source: Xinhua
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