In a world grappling with climate change, where lush green forests are hailed as guardians of our planet, Mexico's forest landscape is experiencing a disheartening decline. Over the past two decades, the nation has lost a staggering 4.66 million hectares of natural forest, equivalent to 8.8 percent of the area that thrived in the year 2000. This dismaying revelation comes from the Global Forest Watch platform, a data hub provided by the esteemed World Resources Institute (WRI).
Beyond the undeniable ecological impact, the depletion of Mexico's natural forests has a direct correlation to the nation's carbon footprint. The loss of these vital ecosystems has contributed to an increase of 1.88 gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, exacerbating the global challenge of climate change.