Illegal ranching and cattle smuggling threatens protected areas in Lacandon Jungle

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Protected areas within the vast Lacandon Jungle, which straddles the border of Mexico and Guatemala, area increasingly under threat from illegal cattle ranching, according to an investigation by Mongabay Latam.

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Illegal avocado cultivation found at heart of protected area in Mexico

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Fedeal authorities in Mexico have found around illegal avocado cultivation within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in the state of Michoacán. The reserve, which extends over 56,259 hectares and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a protected area and a sanctuary for millions of overwintering monarch butterflies.

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Illegal deforestation for avocado production in Mexico spreads as US relaxes import controls

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Mexican authorities revealed this week that pine forests have been illegally felled to make way for an avocado plantation in a nature reserve in the country’s Mexico state. Dramatic growth in avocado production is predicted in the state following the relaxation of import controls in the US, which until mid-2016 permitted only fruit from neighbouring Michoacán state to be traded.

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Deforestation from avocado production in Mexico higher than previously thought

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The Mexican attorney general’s office for environmental protection claims 6,000 to 8,000 ha of forests are cleared each year to make way for avocado orchards in the Mexican state of Michoacán, amid allegations of widespread illegality.

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‘Furtive’ avocado production destroying natural forests in Mexico

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The state of Michoacán is losing up to 1,000 hectares of forest each year due to illegal expansion of avocado farms.

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