Protect Crucial Forest From Destruction

Target: Victor Manuel Toledo Manzur, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources

Goal: Conserve vital secondary cloud forests in Mexico by implementing sustainable forest management.

Mexico’s crucial cloud forests are extremely vulnerable to unregulated expansion of livestock and agriculture. These ecosystems lack legal recognition, and many scientists fear they will disappear.

Mexico’s tropical montane cloud forests are hillside woodlands blanketed by fog and rain. A 2009 report stated that they have decreased by 28 percent, with 53 percent considered secondary forest. A secondary forest is an ecosystem regenerated from primary forest that was cut or cleared for agriculture or lost due to fire or storm.

Secondary cloud forests are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. They are vital to the hydrological cycle and their canopy helps protect mountain basins and the soil from erosion. In addition, they aid in the development of forest corridors that connect the landscape and create pathways for wildlife to roam.

However, because some believe that secondary forests are not as ecologically important as primary forests, they are not recognized in Mexico under legal frameworks for forest use. This has resulted in a lack of programs to address sustainable management, as well as a general lack of awareness for the importance and abundance of these great ecosystems.

Each year Mexico loses 1.1 percent of its cloud forests due to changes in land use for livestock and farming. Sign below to demand the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources conserve secondary forests by recognizing them in a legal framework and implementing sustainable management programs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Toledo Manzur,

Mexico’s cloud forests are rich, abundant ecosystems that support a wide array of flora and fauna and provide many services. These forests are critical to the hydrological cycle, their canopy protects the soil from harmful erosion and the risk of landslides, and they connect disparate parts of the forest that create corridors for roaming wildlife.

It is crucial that you raise awareness around the importance of these secondary forests and recognize them under a legal framework. I demand that you take action to ensure the conservation of secondary cloud forests by implementing sustainable management programs that will protect from the expansion of livestock, agriculture and other threats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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