MEXICO

 
Published: Tuesday 15 January 2002

If one goes by a recent study, there will be no tropical jungles left in Mexico by 2059. The study shows that Mexico lost an average of 2.72 million acres of forests and jungles each year between 1993 and 2000 -- nearly twice as much as what government officials had previously estimated.

The only way to save the jungles is to hike the amount of money the government allocates to deal with deforestation, says the environment secretary of Mexico. The experts blame the growing deforestation primarily on the expansion of farmland and grazing areas and on illegal logging. Among the jungles in critical danger are those on the Yucatan peninsula, in the southeastern Gulf coast states of Tabasco and Veracruz, and in southernmost Chiapas state.

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