Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Country Border

Mexico, Guatemala
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The border between Guatemala and Mexico runs through Mexico's Chiapas Forest and Guatemala's El Peten. In this pair of images, the border is easy to see, even without the black lines that have been overlaid on the images to show the outlines of the two countries.

The region crossed by this border was once biologically very diverse. On the Guatemalan side, it still is, as most of the El Peten remains as closed canopy forest because of lower population densities and the protected status of the Sierra de Lacondon and Laguna del Tigre National Parks. Across the border in Chiapas, however, a larger and increasing population has an obvious effect on the landscape. Between 1974 and 2000, much of the forest on the Mexican side of the border has been converted to cropland or pasture.
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Augusta51 said...

Hello, I had commented by letter about this entry almost a year ago and it looks exactly the same. This is misinformation and should be corrected. In fact the reason the Guatemala side is so green is the conservation efforts of the 22 communities in the buffer of the MBR--organized within ACOFOP. They are the strongest conservation stewards, not the parks you mention on the Guatemala side. Is this the 1970s? Reporting an old protection model where you report the people as bad and the park as good is certainly not what UNEP stands for and reports outside this site. PLease correct this. This is not what your Atlas should project, but the balanced reality of today's conservation. Regards
Augusta Molnar
Rights and Resources Initiative
Washington, D.C. 20007