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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 [1]. As such a huge percentage of forest land, the stewardship of the forest resources has achieved a maturity in the rest of the world[2]. 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[1]. 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.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Secretaría de Agricultura y Recursos Hidráulicos. Ciudad de Mexico: Inventario nacional forestal periodico. 1994. 
  2. Bary, David Barton, Merino-Perez, Leticia, Barry, Deborah (2005). "The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes". University of Texas Press: 3.