Mexico boasts some of the world’s most magnificent landscapes and an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Much of the wealth of this megadiverse country is housed in its 64 million hectares of forests, which cover nearly a third of its territory. These lands have supported human life for millennia, giving rise to great civilizations like the Aztecs and Mayans, whose descendants still live off the land today.
Around the world, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has gained a reputation for putting science and the latest scientific tools at the service of people and nature. One example is our work in Mexico’s Maya Forest, a stretch of 15.4 million hectares of tropical forest, where cartographic technology is helping achieve balance between human development and nature.
In the Maya Forest, Mexico’s largest stretch of contiguous forest, people and nature have coexisted for millennia, with varying degrees of tension. Today, despite expanding deforestation, forest degradation and a range of climate change-related challenges, it continues to be the life source of millions of local farmers and their families. It is also an economic driver for a thriving tourism industry and a vital source of food and resources for a growing population