Mexico is a country with a forest vocation; FAO locates Mexico as the 11th largest country with forest areas of 66 million hectares, representing 33% of the national territory.
The country suffers from a multitude of natural disasters each year, that amount to losses of billions of dollars. For this reason the Mexican government seeks to implement measures to limit the impact of climate change and thereby reducing the risk of natural disasters. Here, the forestry sector plays a main role as forests are a net carbon sink, key for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
The current Mexican National Strategy seeks to promote sustainable use of forest ecosystems reaching a potential annual domestic production of 20.9 million m3, without jeopardizing national biodiversity.
In 2015 Mexico had a trade deficit of 6.32 BUSD in timber, pulp and paper products, which has propelled the government to adopt a formal strategy to reverse this trade deficit. As part of this effort, several designated programs were developed, such as the National Forest Program (PRONAFOR), the Special Climate Change Program (PECC) and the Determined Contribution to Nation Level (NDC) looking to have a 0% rate of deforestation by 2030 and a 22% decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
There are currently 324 forest nurseries producing 200 million plants annually in Mexico, but the country has several challenges with the survival of planted trees. In 2014 this proportion amounted to 57%, but the national strategy envisages exceeding a 70% survival rate; here Swedish companies, such as BCC AB, have participated providing innovative technologies to help achieve this goal.
SWEDISH FOREST INDUSTRY EXHIBIT AT THE MEXICAN FORESTRY COMMISSION’S (CONAFOR)ANNUAL EXPO
From 12th to 14th October, for the second consecutive time, Business Sweden hosted the Swedish Pavilion within the Forestry Expo 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the participation of the Ambassador of Sweden to Mexico and six Swedish companies: BCC, Firefly, Haglöf, Logosol, Scania and Volvo. The local counterparts included the President of CONAFOR, the Minister of Environment and the Governor of Jalisco, among other dignitaries.
A complete program with B2B meetings was carried out, as well as meetings with the National Forestry Commission and the Forestry Cluster of Jalisco, where different next steps were determined to continue the cooperation between Sweden and Mexico within the forestry sector.