Security & Strategic Review - July 2023

MEXICO: Activists call on government to act as illegal logging increases

Illegal logging is on the rise in Mexico, according to human rights groups and environmental watchdogs. Mexico’s federal environmental protection agency (Profepa) estimates that anywhere between 30% and 70% of all wood harvested in Mexico is the product of the clandestine practice. Often happening in tandem with drug trafficking-related crime, it has led to widespread indiscriminate violence, targeted killings of activists, and human rights abuses, facilitated by corruption and incompetence on the part of the authorities. On 1 June, local NGO Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social AC (Cencos) issued a call for the government to implement a plan against illegal logging, reiterating demands made by other civil society organisations in recent weeks.

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