Mexico to promote forest conservation and management to combat climate change

It was reported today that Mexico will promote a policy of forest conservation and management at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) meeting next Monday, 16 March 2009.  CONAFOR, the Comisión Nacional Forestal apparently stated that Mexico feels that conservation and sustainable forest management are “key” to mitigating climate change and a “cornerstone” of sustainable development.  I say “apparently” because I can’t find the original message from CONAFOR (it’s not posted on their website, at least not yet) and the quotes are from El Universal’s interpretation of the report.

I don’t want to downplay the importance of proper forest management or it’s place as part of a balanced and across-the-board effort on climate change; it’s just that forests can only absorb so much carbon in total and, even then, they don’t absorb carbon fast enough to offset Mexico’s current (and growing) rate of emission.  It will be interesting to see how these policies develop….


México, D.F.


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