As neighbors, the United States and Mexico share many natural resources challenges, such as the threat of invasive species and uncontrolled wildland fire. Recognizing that the health of Mexico's forests affects the United States, the U.S. Forest Service collaborates with Mexican counterparts to sustain and better manage natural resources. For more than twenty years and with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Forest Service, and Mexican partners have worked together to improve natural resources management and conserve biodiversity by supporting activities in community forestry, conserving migratory species, forest monitoring, protected area management, and wildland fire management. In addition, through the North American Forest Commission and other organizations, Mexico and the United States have continued to exchange scientific and technical expertise in atmospheric change, fire management, insects, diseases and invasive plants, silviculture, forest inventory and monitoring, and forest genetic resources.
As part of the USAID Sustainable Landscapes Program, the U.S. Forest Service supports institutional and technical capacity to develop a monitoring, reporting and verification system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The U.S. Forest Service team develops and tests climate mitigation tools, technologies and methodologies key to implementing REDD+, including support to Mexican Universities to develop intensive monitoring sites.
The U.S. Forest Service also has a long history working with local partners in Mexican national protected areas to provide best management practices in Monarch butterfly conservation, watershed management, water quality monitoring, rangeland management, carbon measurement, wildland fire management and prevention, and fuels monitoring.
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