Mexico has lost more than 127 thousand hectares of forest


In its 2020 report, the FAO highlights that our country lost the equivalent of a third of Tlaxcala’s surface; far from meeting the goal of zero deforestation by 2030

n 2020, Mexico has lost 127 thousand 770 hectares of forest, a very high figure taking into account that in the period from 2010 to 2015 there was an average deforestation of 91 thousand 600 hectares per year.

According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), the country lost the equivalent of a third of the area occupied by the state of Tlaxcala, which is 401,600 hectares, from forest.

The study published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), establishes that in 2019, deforestation was almost the same as this year for 127,760 hectares.

Thus, Mexico is still far from meeting the goal of zero deforestation by 2030, in accordance with the commitment made six years ago at the United Nations Climate Summit.

The Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), prepared by FAO, is based on national reports submitted by the countries themselves following a standardized format and methodology.


Last June, Global Forest Watch placed Mexico in the Top 5 of the Latin American countries with the highest deforestation in 2019 with 321 thousand hectares, equivalent to 83.3 million tons of CO2 carbon dioxide emissions.

The four states with the greatest impacts were Baja California, Campeche, Chihuahua, Baja California Sur and Colima, where 58 percent of deforestation was concentrated.

The report was produced from a satellite database analyzed by the University of Maryland.

Global Forest Watch is a real-time forest monitoring platform owned by the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI).


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