The community forest in Mexico is large and diverse covering both temperate and tropical regions. According to official figure, temperate and tropical forests occupy 40.1% of the national territory and a total of 56.8 million hectare . As such a huge percentage of forest land, the stewardship of the forest resources has achieved a maturity in the rest of the world. Within the governance of Mexico's community forest, governments and local communities share the responsibilities for the national forest resources for production of both timber and non-timber forest products. It is estimated by National Institute of Statistics and Geography 80% of Mexico's forests are managed by ejidos and indigenous communities. The special case of forest management has provided local and international researchers with various opportunities to explore how the well-man aged community forest is formed, and its socio-ecological benefits are also being evaluated. However, as such a mature community forest management, it still lacks global and national recognition, and it faces multiple challenges.
- Secretaría de Agricultura y Recursos Hidráulicos. Ciudad de Mexico: Inventario nacional forestal periodico. 1994.
- Bary, David Barton, Merino-Perez, Leticia, Barry, Deborah (2005). "The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes". University of Texas Press: 3.