Tabasco, México: Low-emission rural development (LED-R) at a glance

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  • Original forest covers 3.4% of the state; few remaining natural forest areas are located in inaccessible floodprone areas
  • 14% of state categorized as protected areas, but suffer high levels of illegal logging, hunting, & fire
  • Increase in mangrove areas over the past 10 years due to communities’ use of wildlife conservation management units (UMAs), promoted by national Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) & National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR)
  • Significant production of crude petroleum derived from mangrove ecosystems, with cases of soil & water contamination & ecosystem disruption
  • One of Mexico’s main beef providers from the 1920s-1970s; long history of banana plantations & currently houses Mexico’s largest banana exporting company

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