UK and Mexico work together on deforestation

Making farming techniques more sustainable is considered key to protecting local forestry

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Deforestation

The UK is tackling deforestation in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

This state has reportedly lost more than 570,000 hectares of rainforest in the last two decades to deforestation – with farming the key reason behind the decline.

Part of the UK pact with Mexico will see locals taught how to farm sustainably – with business skills also improved through a different education programme.

Resin is the main element produced in the local area – and specific cultivation programmes focused on the tree sap are part of the collaboration.

Alonso B, a local resin producer, said: “I have been producing resin for three years. At the beginning, I had enough production to fill four buckets. Now, thanks to the training I have received, I am producing 14 of them.”

Changing farming techniques has been considered critical to maintaining the ecosystem and stopping the decline of forestry.